THE RETREAT comes from a place of loving 1970’s and 80’s classic horror movies (BLACK CHRISTMAS, FRIDAY THE 13TH, HALLOWEEN), the complication of being desperate to see queer women on screen even if they are the psycho killer (love HIGH TENSION but ya know...don't love the 'crazy lesbian' trope)
Movies like IT FOLLOWS, GREEN ROOM, VACANCY and GET OUT that are so damn damn good and hella creepy and one of my favorite films from the last couple years, Coralie Fargeat’s REVENGE—a brilliant horror revenge flick served with a bubble gum pink pallet.
P.S. I’m including BOUND in this list. Not a horror but a rare genre movie (neo noire crime thriller) that is a fun film with some kick ass queer woman from way back in 1996.
View Alyson's Top 10 Horror Films That Influenced The Retreat here: https://boxd.it/cad3w
Alyson M. Richards’ work as a producer includes the award-winning dark comedy DON’T TALK TO IRENE (TIFF) starring Oscar-winner Geena Davis, the dark comedy GUIDANCE (TIFF, New York Times Critic Pick, Netflix); feature documentary QUALITY BALLS (Hot Docs, Showtime) and the epic short film DOCKING (Sundance, AFI).
Her screenplay for THE RETREAT received a lot of attention and support in development. The project placed in numerous screenplay competitions (Austin Film Festival, Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition) and was fostered by The Writers Lab, supported by Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey.
As a director, her credits include the award-winning short A BIRTHDAY STORY, which screened at festivals around the world including Miami, Los Angeles and Tokyo, and TRASHED starring Natalie Brown and Jessica Greco.