Henry JamesThe Turn of the Screw” has always been a favorite horror story of mine. The slow burn of sexually repressed Victorian characters dealing with their neuroses manifested as (arguably) the ghostly scenes plaguing them is absolutely fascinating to me because it deals with the issue of sensory ambiguity in horror – a quintessentially gothic trait too.

Angelica will tackle these same issues, judging by this trailer. The official synopsis: “in Victorian England, sexual repression opens a rift between young couple Constance (Jena Malone) and Joseph (Ed Stoppard) after the birth of their daughter Angelica. As Constance becomes more and more protective of little Angelica, a ghostly predator begins to make its way through the house late at night…” Angelica is directed – and the screenplay written – by Mitchell Lichtenstein (Happy Tears, Teeth) – the story is based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Phillips.

Angelica first hit the festival circuit in 2015 and was subsequently shelved (for unknown reasons) for two years. It also stars Janet McTeer, Tovah Feldshuh, and Charles Keating.

Angelica hits select theaters and VOD on November 17. See the trailer below.