Lauryn Canny as Darlin’.
Image: Hood River Entertainment

Sometimes, all a story needs to grab you is a scene. A line. A glance at the camera. All Darlin’ needs is about forty seconds.

The film, a sequel to a 2011 horror film The Woman, stars Pollyana McIntosh and Lauryn Canny as the eponymous Darlin’. McIntosh, who played Jadis/Anne on The Walking Dead, wrote and directed the film, which is set to premiere this year at SXSW.

The teaser is brief, but I loved it. The one enigmatic scene, with Darlin’ asking a striking, evocative question. It did what a teaser is supposed to do: it made me want to know more. And, true to it being horror, it creeped me out, too.

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No word yet on widespread distribution for Darlin’, but it certainly has my attention.