We are Indie Horror had the chance to check out the drama-thriller Stray the feature film debut of writer and director Nena Eskridge. Stray stars Gabrielle Stone (Speak No Evil), Andrew Sensenig, Sean Patrick Folster, Dan McGlaughlin (Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard) and Samantha Fairfield Walsh
Here is the film’s official synopsis:
“Stray begins on an idyllic countryside meadow: …Jennifer (Gabrielle Stone), rolls out of a van and away from a male assailant. She stabs him and escapes narrowly into the forest, with nothing but a small pink knapsack. Jennifer lands in the sedate and equally idyllic Chestnut Hill, picking up shifts at a local bar, and finding a friend in Greg (Dan McGlaughlin), the bar’s owner. But Jennifer isn’t content to remain friends. She quickly comes between Greg and his fiancée Sarah (Samantha Fairfield Walsh) by falling pregnant and claiming Greg as the father of her child. But just as she is on the brink of becoming a part of a family, her hidden, unspeakable past catches up to her, which spells disaster for all who have come to know her in Chestnut Hill…”
A slow-burn character study, Stray is a hard-hitting film with suspenseful tension that constantly questions the motives of our young main character Jennifer. The film focuses on the troubles of our enigmatic lead as her character gives the impression of a person on the brink of breaking down, inching closer to unleashing her true self upon the sleepy small town. With many questions to be answered, the film simmers with high emotions and potential mental instability emanating from Jennifer and her relationship with Greg. Even though the film’s perspective is that of Jennifer there is nonetheless a sense of anonymity to her real self and motivations.
Stray hit the festival circuit in 2015 and appeared at LA Femme International Film Festival and Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. The film is now available to stream on Amazon Prime
Check out the trailer below. For more information check out the film’s official site