News Movies | Written by Andrew Pollard 01/09/2020

Jill Gevargizian’s THE STYLIST to Screen at 53rd Sitges Film Festival

In some great news for horror hounds, Jill Gevargizian’s feature-length take on The Stylist will receive its international premiere at this year’s Sitges Film Festival.

This hugely welcoming news was revealed as Sitges confirmed the line-up for the 53rd outing of this most famous of film festivals, with this year’s October 8th – 18th event celebrating the work of the iconic David Cronenberg.

As the full schedule has yet to be announced for this year’s Sitges Film Festival, we don’t know exactly when The Stylist will screen. Just knowing that audiences will get to check out this hotly-anticipated horror offering is enough to put a smile on the face of all of us here at Moonbase Alpha, though.

The Stylist began life as a 2016 Najarra Townsend-headlined short from Gevargizian. After winning a whole host of praise and plaudits across the festival circuit and beyond – including screening at the inaugural STARBURST International Film Festival – Jill took to Kickstarter last year to develop this sleek and sinister short into a full feature movie.

With Townsend back in the role of tormented hairdresser Claire, the official word on The Stylist reads:

Everyone dreams of being someone else… but for Claire, that dream goes from an obsession to a living nightmare. Her job as a hairstylist allows her to move in and out of other people’s worlds, but when the right target sits in her chair, she does more than observe the client’s life – she ends it, and keeps a permanent souvenir.

Her lonely life, meticulous method and shocking secrets are suddenly thrown into turmoil when her regular client, Olivia (Brea Grant), asks her to style her hair for her wedding.

When we last caught up with Jill, she revealed how she’d been working on the story for a feature-length The Stylist since as soon as the short film was finished. Single White Female and Lucky McKee's May were pegged by Gevargizian as an influence on the movie back during that chat, and Jill made mention of The Stylist being a psychological thriller with a nice dose of gore as the filmmaker looks to expand on that fantastic 15-minute short.

That last chat was actually just before the Kickstarter campaign launched for The Stylist – and you can find the full detailed conversation here.

Expect more on The Stylist as we get it. In the meantime, be sure to check out the 2016 short itself below: