The dangerous habits of a newly pregnant housewife in “Swallow” (trailer)

The dangerous habits of a newly pregnant housewife in "Swallow" (trailer)
Haley Bennett in Swallow (2019)

The perpetuation of humankind. Leaving aside the damaging to the planet that we are imprinting, in an anthropological meaning it sounds like the right thing to do, no? But what happens when the breeding comes in smaller terms, in individual terms? Let’s be clear, it is scary to be pregnant and have kids, isn’t it? Not only the body transformations, the rollercoaster of emotions and the inherited pain. Also, your life will change forever, nothing will be the same again, for good and for bad. And if you are a mentally sane person, those have to be quite scary thoughts.

In Swallow (2019), Hunter is a newly pregnant housewife who finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her impeccable husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession. Marbles are for playing and not for swallowing like pieces of candy. The colorful glass ball will be just the first of the objects that the leading lady will be eating. The movie builds a dark thriller revolving around the body, based on a disorder that will drive our heroine towards a transformation that’s hard to digest.

Swallow (2019) is the debut feature film of writer and director Carlo Mirabella-Davis after his awarded horror short film Knife Point (2009). This psychological thriller, also described as a “feminist horror film”, is starred by Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O’Hare, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Luna Lauren Velez, Zabryna Guevara, Laith Nakli, Babak Tafti, and Nicole Kang.

Swallow (2019) has collected a good amount of nominations and awards since it had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2019. It has also been part of the line-up in international festivals like Fantasia International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Oldenburg Film Festival, MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, São Paulo International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, and Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.

After a theatrical release in France on January 15, 2020, by UFO Distribution, Swallow (2019) is scheduled to be released by IFC Films on Video on Demand platforms March 6, 2020. Here you can watch the trailer for the film:


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