Brandy Norwood Battles Mother-in-Law for A24 5

Brandy Norwood has a tougher mother-in-law situation than most expectant parents in the first trailer for A24‘s psychological horror movie The Front Room.

The feature from directors Max Eggers and Sam Eggers is set to hit theaters Sept. 6. Andrew Burnap, Neal Huff and Kathryn Hunter also star in the film that focuses on a couple with a baby on the way whose lives change dramatically after they allow the husband’s stepmother (Hunter) to stay in their home.

“This is my house,” Norwood says defiantly in the trailer. She quips, “Being cooped up with a newborn and a mother-in-law can drive anyone crazy.”

At one point in the trailer, Burnap explains, “She thinks that the Holy Spirit possesses her and gives her power.”

Later, Burnap tells Norwood, “She says that you hit her.” This leads Norwood to exclaim, “She wants you to think it was me.”

Sam Eggers and Max Eggers, who are brothers of filmmaker Robert Eggers (The Northman), wrote and directed The Front Room, which is based on the short story of the same name from author Susan Hill.

Max Eggers co-wrote Robert Eggers’ 2019 film The Lighthouse. Sam Eggers served as a production assistant on Robert Eggers’ 2015 movie The Witch and later worked as a writer and editor on the documentary feature Olympia about actress Olympia Dukakis.

Norwood, who has horror experience from her role in the 1998 sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, recently appeared opposite Heather Graham in the Netflix holiday movie Best. Christmas. Ever! and appears in the forthcoming Disney Channel film Descendants: The Rise of Red.

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