While stuck inside during the already-unnerving coronavirus pandemic, quarantined movie fans are finding another source of tension courtesy of the buzzy psychological thriller, Swallow. Since its VOD premiere on March 6, writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’s narrative feature debut has been terrifying Twitter with its all-too-authentic depiction of pica, an eating disorder that compels individuals to consume non-nutritional objects — think keys, rings and dirt. The film focuses on a young woman named Hunter Conrad (Haley Bennett), who leads a seemingly privileged life as the bride of a second-generation Wall Street tycoon (Austin Stowell). But her new family regards her with barely-veiled contempt, exacerbating personal demons stemming from a dark secret in her past. During the long, lonely days she spends in their picturesque suburban house perched above the Hudson River, Hunter finds herself so starved of connection that she begins to ingest pieces of her daily life. Starting with small objects — a marble here and a thumbtack there — she gradually works her way up to consuming more dangerous items, including a battery and a mini-screwdriver.
With its potent mixture of body horror and psychological tension, Swallow is feeding viewers’ voracious appetite for fresh streaming content, and they’ve been sharing those feelings on social media.
I can with confidence say that @swallowmovie is a masterpiece, or at least near-perfect. Impeccably shot and led by an emotional performance by Haley Bennett, it's a disturbing as hell thriller that lingers in your mind long after the credits roll. Check it out ASAP.— the Sweet Juice Suckler (@AsianBackup) March 20, 2020
If you’re practicing social distancing and staying home make sure not to miss @swallowmovie on Apple TV+ It’s an amazing film with great performances and beautiful cinematography. Check it out! pic.twitter.com/5JzFH9PJML— Margaux Brooke (@MargauxBrooke) March 17, 2020
When she put the thumbtack down, I was so relieved. Briefly. So, so briefly.— Thomas at home (@TomSteffler) March 19, 2020
What an uncomfortable but ultimately, great film.
Unless you’ve just eaten