Creep writer/director Christopher Smith gets to exercise his talent for the bizarre and disturbing on a bigger scale with this smart, twisting tale of maternal guilt, deserted ships and hooded shooters. Echoing similar thrillers such as Memento, Groundhog Day and even Donkey Punch, this sees troubled single-mum Jess joining a group of posh yachters who are capsized in a storm. When they are rescued by a seemingly deserted ocean liner, Jess starts to get a sense of déjà vu as she wonders round the empty corridors.
What follows plays out like some kind of surreal living nightmare, with a hooded figure gunning down members of the stranded group. When the script starts playing tricks with the time – events repeat themselves, reinforcing the déjà vu aspect – it does occasionally feel a little uneven, but keeps the tension sky high.
Triangle (2009), directed by Christopher Smith, is released in the UK by Icon Entertainment, Certificate 15.