Greta is one of the horror thrillers you’d definitely not want to watch if you already have trust issues with strangers.
Frances, the film’s protagonist, is just a sweet young woman trying to start a new life in New York. Finding a handbag left behind in one of the subway seats she was on, Frances kindheartedly returns it to its owner, Greta Hedig. Greta, a widowed French piano teacher, seems to be an elegant and gracious lady. Frances doesn’t mind being in her company. This is especially so since Greta’s maternal charms help Frances get over her grief of her mother’s recent death.
Things Took a Weird Turn
However, things start to take a creepy turn when Greta’s attempt at gaining Frances’ companionship exceeds the norm. The number of missed calls and messages on Frances’ phone keeps increasing, which, in hindsight, should further reinforce the fact that never, ever easily give out your contact numbers to others, especially to those you’ve known only for a brief while. Greta’s clinginess to Frances is already at a stalker-ish level; it is understandable for the young woman to find her attitude disturbing.
The film’s official teaser allows you to glean on these plot points. On top of that, there is a spoiler you definitely don’t want to miss when watching Greta. Frances isn’t the first one. She isn’t the only one.
The hint was given right at the beginning when Frances visits Greta’s home. A couple of banging sounds on the wall can be heard as the two ladies were setting the table. Greta then tells Frances that it is just the neighbors doing construction work. Any normal person would probably easily accept that excuse. However, Frances, at this point, should already have heard the alarm bells ringing inside her head. It would have saved her from getting entangled in a bloodied mess with the eccentric older woman down the line.
After premiering in the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus Features has set the film’s theatrical release this coming March 1, 2019. The film will star Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Thaddeus Daniels, Raven Dauda, and many more.