Scott Mann (director)
London FrightFest 2022 (studio)
August 29, 2022 (published)
And Fall is actually quite straightforward, but provides a more psychological insight into the women who ascend the tower. It’s about scattering the ashes of Dan (Mason Gooding) who, a year earlier, fell off a mountain while climbing with his wife and best friend.
This sent his wife Becky (Grace Fulton) into a downward spiral of depression and alcoholism. Until her friend Hunter (Virginia Gardner) appears, who is now a social media thing, sees this as an opportunity to get Becky out of her rut and for her to grow her following and suggests tackling a antenna in the middle of nowhere. Initially reluctant and genuinely scared, Becky accepts.
Finally arriving on site, they are surprised by the height of the structure. Not much more than a wide metal pole, the ladder has a surrounding cage for part of the way, open to the elements and with satellite dishes to pass through before reaching the very small platform at the top. And that’s where the problems start.
The trailers and poster hint, but nothing really prepares the viewer for the stunning scope of this film as the friends suddenly realize their situation. Director Scott Mann and co-writer Jonathan Frank preview the trouble ahead with shots of rusty ladders and loose bolts with spinning vultures to increase the tension.
But when it all finally falls into place, it’s terribly terrifying from a physical perspective, the camera work is jaw-dropping, creating suspense from every angle of the tower. Nor do Mann and Frank provide as psychologically intense an outlet as the various attempts to resolve their situation.
Congratulations to Fulton and Gardner for their compelling performances as they deal with the physical and mental distress of their situation. If you can see it (and handle it on the big screen), the experience is probably like something you’ve never had before in a cinema.
Note that this review was for Fall’s presentation at FrightFest on August 29. The Fall will be in UK cinemas from September 2.