Synopsis: Alysa King plays Kylie, a teen who is coerced into a sexual encounter at a party by a popular boy (Aaron Chartrand), whose friends send video of it across social media. Her self-confidence in shreds, and her reputation in tatters, she is in chronic victim mode when she reluctantly agrees to a desperate plea by a couple in a secluded castle-like mansion to babysit their two children on Halloween. Alone in the country, she is a prime target when she begins receiving prank phone calls, and a boy wearing a pig’s head makes a suspiciously-late trick-or-treat call. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse between Kylie and a surprisingly sophisticated gang of butchering hicks. It is a test of will that requires her to stand up and take charge if she and the children in her care are to survive the night.
Berkshire County was first shown at the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in 2014. I don’t know much about it except to say that it has won numerous awards and that it adds Audrey Cummings to a growing list of female fright film directors that include Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook). If the trailer is any indication then Berkshire County could be a pretty damn intense affair. It kind of reminded me of a sinister “Three Little Pigs” meets The Strangers with a little bit of Halloween or perhaps The House of the Devil thrown in for good measure. But don’t take my word for it; check out the trailer for yourself:
Starring Alysa King, Samora Smallwood, Bart Rochon, Aaron Chartrand, Robert Nolan, Madison Ferguson, Cristophe Gallander, and Leo Pady, Berkshire County will make its widespread debut on June 3, 2015.