Thoroughbreds proved to be a brilliant indie gem. It is the debut feature by newbie director Cory Finley and stars upcoming young actresses Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as rich girl Lily and Olivia Cooke (Ouija, Me and Earl and The Dying Girl) as the loner, sociopathic Amanda. It also co-stars Anton Yelchin, possibly in one of his last roles, as bad boy Tim.

The film sees the childhood friends Lily and Amanda reunite after years of silence. Amanda, suffers from a mild form of sociopathy unable to sense or show emotion; she remains completely straight-faced throughout. Lily, despite her lavish upbringing, suffers from the presence of a rather cruel stepfather who wishes nothing but to cut her off completely. So as the two rekindle a rather spiky and complex acquiescence, they start to hatch a plan to kill stepfather Mark (Paul Sparks).

The film is very dialogue driven at first, as both Cooke and Joy start to form a connection as young adults; the conversations and the role dynamics are simply captivating to watch. As events unfold and deadly plans are made, there is a Alfred Hitchhock feel about the whole thing – close-up scenes, sunglasses in autumn, long dialogues and the macabre plot. Perhaps there are moments of over-dramatization and the separating of the film into four chapters seems slightly redundant, but not out of place. This is a stylish, slick and superbly cool film; that yes maybe a tad too self-aware, but nonetheless for a debut feature, hats off to Finley.