If you’re a fan of movies that cause you sleepless nights and make you question everything you thought you knew about the paranormal, then you’ll want to mark 5 December in your diary because Netflix is about to drop the scariest movie of the year—and even better, it was filmed right here in Australia.
Titled Sweet River, you might for a moment think it’s a sweet rom com you’re plugging into, but let us warn you, this epic piece of cinema is not for the faint of heart.
It goes like this: Hanna (Lisa Kay) returns to the sleepy town of Billins, nestled deep in the sugar cane fields, where her four-year-old son Joey was abducted by notorious serial killer Simpkins (Jack Ellis), and is now presumed dead.
On hearing the news that Simpkins had died and her son’s DNA was found on his property, Hana rents a small farmhouse in the valley near to where Simpkins lived and mounts her own investigation.
But her next-door neighbours, John (Martin Sacks) and Elenore Drake (Genevieve Lemon), who own the surrounding cane fields, are strangely cold and distant. Likewise the whole town is hostile, viewing Hana as a meddling outsider disturbing their tightly knit farming community. But this seemingly “sweet” town has its secrets and a gaping, horrific wound that will not heal: several years earlier, a local school bus mysteriously ran off the road and into a river, with all the children on-board perishing in its icy waters.
Things turn seriously scary when Hana starts to see mysterious children in the town’s rolling fields and her obsession to uncover the truth also starts to reveal the town’s darkest secrets...secrets that both the living and the dead will fight to protect.
Got goosebumps yet? Scope the trailer below.