News Movies News | Written by Laura Potier 07/01/2022

THE LAST THING MARY SAW Brings 1800s Religious Terror To Shudder

Orphan star Isabelle Fuhrman heads back to 1843 in the upcoming period horror The Last Thing Mary Saw, releasing exclusively to Shudder on January 20th.

Written and directed by Edoardo Vitaletti in his feature-length debut, The Last Thing Mary Saw opens in Southold, New York. As per the synopsis, we first meet Young Mary (Stefanie Scott, Insidious: Chapter 3), blood trickling from behind the blindfold tied around her eyes, as she is being interrogated about the events surrounding her grandmother’s death.

As the story jumps back in time, we witness Mary, raised in a repressively religious household, finding fleeting happiness in the arms of Eleanor (Fuhrman), the home’s maid. Her family, who believe they are seeing, speaking, and acting on God’s behalf, view the girls’ relationship as an abomination, to be dealt with as severely as possible. The couple attempt to carry on in secret, but someone is always watching, or listening, and the wages of perceived sin threaten to become death, with the tension only heightened by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger (Rory Culkin, Lords of Chaos) and the revelation of greater forces at work.

Reviewed by STARBURST as part of our FrightFest coverage, The Last Thing Mary Saw is described as "a stunning piece of cinema, beautifully filmed and seething with an oppressive atmosphere... It’s less a story of witchcraft, supernatural, and more of feminine power and the power puritanical religion has to blind and control."

The Last Thing Mary Saw releases Thursday, January 20th on Shudder. Watch the official trailer below: