WHO GOES THERE
Directed by Astrid Thorvaldsen
UK | 23 min
When a stranger appears on their prairie in 1880 Minnesota, Ingrid invites him in to heal her dying sister, but she doesn’t realize that a supernatural force is crossing her threshold.
WHO GOES THERE? is a Western Horror film about the fear of loss. It is a twisted take on the American dream where a once hopeful settler family stands the risk of losing everything. The idea for the film originally stemmed from a wish to combine the more epic scale of the Western with a contained family horror story. Telling this story through a female perspective was important to me as there are not enough films with female protagonists in the Westerns genre. The horror elements came through that uncanny feeling you get when something is slightly off about the people closest to you. As a Norwegian and the eldest sister living in a different country than my own, I very much relate to Ingrid. For me, the film is about family, isolation and how far you are willing to go to save the ones you love.
Astrid is a Norwegian director based in the UK. She graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2020. Her short films have screened at festivals including Encounters, Flickerfest and Fantasia. Her graduation film Who Goes There? was shortlisted for the 2020 GSA BAFTA Student Film Awards, and she is now developing it into a feature. Astrid enjoys a good scare and is passionate about directing genre pieces.