A mother nearly loses her child and the cost of her being saved appears to be the mother taking someone else’s life. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t, right?
Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) is a single mother driving cross country to start a new life with her young daughter Clara (Apollonia Pratt) when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. As Katrina changes the tire, Clara wanders off the desert road and is bitten by a venomous rattlesnake. Desperate to save her daughter’s life, Katrina accepts the help of a mysterious woman, but after she miraculously heals Clara, Katrina is asked to repay the good deed by killing a stranger in exchange for the life saved. Without time to lose, she must wrestle with the morality of who deserves to live and who should die, before her daughter’s life is once again put in peril at sundown. RATTLESNAKE is a pulse-pounding, psychological horror film directed by Zak Hilditch (1922, These Final Hours), also starring Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Emma Greenwell (Shameless, Love & Friendship, The Rook), and produced by Ross Dinerstein (1922, The Package, 6 Balloons).
What a better way to wrap up October, the month of horror, than with a film dealing with most mother’s worst fears – their child dying? Never mind dealing with a weird-ass cult town that makes it appear they are more than willing to kill you.
But what makes this especially interesting is it has a Black lead. For up until Jordan Peele showed you can make hits with Black men and women at the forefront, I can’t say it happened too often at this level. So to see doors opens for actors like Ejogo, who haven’t been the lead, period, in a whole lot of productions, hit ones at that, seems like the perfect risk for Netflix.
Add in we got a handful of recognizable faces, like Greenwell, of the very iffy The Rook and Rossi, I won’t pretend there isn’t some apprehension but I’m hoping for the best.