The Cleansing – UK, 2019

The Cleansing is a 2019 British fantasy horror feature film co-produced and directed by Antony Smith from a screenplay by co-producer David Shillitoe. The Forkbeard Films production stars Luke Bailey, Simon Pengelly, Rhys Meredith and Rebecca Acock.


In a small isolated village in 14th century Wales, Alice is a sixteen year-old girl who is accused of being a witch and causing the plague that has ravaged the village, taking the lives of many, including Alice’s own father.

When it is revealed that Alice has been hiding her mother’s infection, she is forced to watch The Cleanser, an ominous masked figure, brutally dispatch her mother. The town preacher and de-facto leader Tom has eyes for Alice, and subjects her to five torturous trials after she spurns his advances.

Escaping the night before her execution, with the help of her mother’s friend Mary, she flees into the forest and discovers the secluded hut of a mysterious healer, with his own troubled past and demons to face. He nurses her back to health, and teaches her how to exact revenge upon those that persecuted her…

Cast and characters:

  • Luke Bailey … The Wanderer
  • Simon Pengelly … James
  • Rhys Meredith … Tom
  • Rebecca Acock … Alice (as Rebecca Aycock)
  • Sarah-Louise Tyler … Matilda
  • Simon Nehan … The Cleanser
  • Richard Burman … Matthew
  • Christopher Vowles … Geoffrey
  • Richard Tunley … Huw

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