Sarah (Courtney McKeon) learns that she's pregnant, and instead of
telling her boyfriend Shane (Fiach Kunz), she wills into his suggestion to
put their relationship on hold for the time being. Sarah's mother (Noelle
Clarke) throws her out of the house when she learns Sarah's pregnant
though, so Sarah decides to have an abortion. But in conservative Ireland,
abortions are frowned upon, so Sarah has nobody but her gay best friend
Davet (Paul Fitzgerald), who takes her to his parents country home. There
Sarah wants to recover from her trauma, but things only get worse, she has
nightmares, hears babies crying when awake, sees monsters, starts bleeding
from between her legs - in short, she's living through all kinds of
horrors, and the reason might be the house was built upon a mass grave for
unwanted children, children whose souls haunt the building searching for a
person on whose guilt they can feed - a person just like Sarah ...
The Perished sure is a mighty unusual film, as it
starts like a rather straight and pretty compelling social
drama/commentary about abortion and the right to choose in a conservative
country like Ireland, but eventually veers off into horror, but in a very
natural way that doesn't stand in the way of the issues addressed earlier
on but builds on them, bringing the commentary to a metaphorical level.
And thanks to a direction that's rooted in realism and sympathetic to its
cause but also genre savvy, and a strong ensemble this turns out to be a
pretty cool if (as mentioned above) rather unusual piece of horror cinema.