One of my favorite films to come out of the 2021 Nightmares Film Festival was hands down, Peppergrass. This film was directed by Steven Garbas and Chantelle Han and written by Garbas and Philip Irwin. It stars Chantelle Han, Charles Boyland, Michael Copeman, Philip Williams, and Craig Porritt.
Synopsis for Peppergrass
During a pandemic, a pregnant restaurateur tries to rob a priceless truffle from a reclusive veteran.
With a title and synopsis like this, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Peppergrass but the trailer intrigued me enough to want to check it out and I’m so happy I did. This was a phenomenal and unique story layered with rich character development and hauntingly beautiful cinematography. This film doesn’t rely heavily on blood and gore, but the scenes with it are agonizing to watch. Peppergrass focuses on the fear and horror of being put in a life or death situation and all the psychological emotions one would go through during it.
All of the performances were amazing but Chantelle Han was exceptional and gave a strong, emotionally-powered performance. Although she’s flawed and doesn’t necessarily make the best decisions, nothing could have prepared her for the pure nightmare fuel that she experiences throughout this film.
One of my favorite parts of Peppergrass was the hauntingly beautiful cinematography and nail-biting imagery. It really helps set the dark and grim tone of the atmosphere and make it feel like you’re experiencing all the horrific, nightmare-fueled elements of this film.
This was the type of film that starts out one way in the beginning and slowly morphs into something completely different in the end, and will truly surprise you. Be sure to check out Peppergrass as it makes its way through the festival circuit.