Who’s Your Master?

It doesn’t look like laundry to me. It looks like Mrs. Perkins all rolled up in a bedspread.

– Little Girl

Day 9 of the Fright Festival, and I went for something low key after yesterday’s porcine rampage. I’d heard some good things about Travis Stevens’ 2021 horror-thriller, Jakob’s Wife, so I decided to give it a go. Starring Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden, it’s an old school horror film cosplaying as a comic satire on middle-aged female ennui.

While the plot is a familiar one, and simplistic besides, Crampton and Fessenden really carry the film as the deteriorating union at the heart of things. It’s the push and pull of their relationship that adds weight to Crampton’s descent into vampirism as the beset Anne, and gives Fessenden’s Jakob a strong tangle of reasons – both good and bad – for his impulsive decision to save her soul. Bonnie Aarons as the Master is another standout – her aim in regards to Crampton seems less domination than liberation, an interesting twist on a common vampire trope.

All in all, it’s an interesting, if low-key, film with some funny sequences and a blink and you’ll miss it cameo by professional wrestler CM Punk as a bewildered deputy.