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  • Dir. Dasha Nekrasova
  • USA
  • 2021
  • 81 min.
  • NR
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop
Thu, Feb 17 at 9:00pm: Introduction from film critic Jason Shawhan and Belcourt staff member James Spence | BUY TICKETS

While apartment hunting, college pals Noelle and Addie stumble upon the deal of a lifetime: a posh duplex on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. But soon after moving in, a more sinister picture of the apartment emerges when a mysterious woman arrives and claims the property used to belong to the infamous and recently-deceased Jeffrey Epstein. 

With this news, Noelle becomes obsessed with the visitor — to the point of infatuation. As the pair plunge deeper into the conspiracies of the Epstein case, Addie falls into her own bizarre state: a pseudo-possession complete with inexplicable fits of age-regressed sexual mania. As they peel back these strange occurrences, the truth reveals itself to be more twisted than they could have ever imagined.

“Gleefully and defiantly captures the zeitgeist… In a way, the film feels like a true heir to the petulant, low-budget horror cinema of the ‘70s and ‘80s.” —David Robb, Slant Magazine

“Nekrasova is no fool, and THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST does exactly what horror does best: it gives us a way of speaking about the very real nightmares of the world we live in when we struggle to find the words.” —Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

“There can be a fine line between a good idea and a terrible one followed through with utter conviction, and it's along said line that THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST dances with heedless, wicked abandon.” —Guy Lodge, Variety