Niederösterreich im 18. Jahrhundert. Zwei junge Frauen, eine verbotene Liebe und ein Schuldgefühl, das die beiden in Gestalt eines Monsters heimsucht. DIE SÜNDERINNEN VOM HÖLLFALL ist ein Kurzfilm über eine österreichische Sage und handelt von Mädchen und Monstern, die wir selbst erschaffen, von Schuld und Schuldgefühlen, die einen nächtens erdrücken und von der Freiheit der Liebe.
Regie: Veronika Franz und Severin Fiala | Buch: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala | Kamera: Martin Gschlacht | Schnitt: Christoph Brunner | Originalton: Klaus Kellermann | Musik: Wolfgang Mitterer | Sounddesign: Matz Müller, Michael Pöderl | Szenenbild: Vesna Muhr | Kostüm: Tanja Hausner | Herstellungsleitung: Georg Aschauer | Produktionsleitung: Teresa-Saija Wieser | Produktionsassistentin: Antonia Bernkopf | ProduzentInnen: Ulrich Seidl, Tim League, Ant Timpson | DarstellerInnen: Marlene Hauser, Luzia Oppermann, Birgit Minichmayr
„I spoke to many people who said the first entry into the collection was their favorite, and I can definitely see why. Sinful Women is everything that this collection should be; rooted in deep cultural folklore but given a new, horrifying narrative.“
Grant DeArmitt, Nightmare on Film Street
„The film actually opens with its best short segment, a stylistic choice which may have been to its detriment. “The Sinful Women of Höllfall” by Austrian filmmakers Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz establishes itself as understated and slow-paced but incredibly fascinating. Fiala and Franz expertly and patiently guide their audience using beautiful static shots and subtle sound design to craft suspense. Marlene Hauser does well as the lead, Kathi, but Luzia Opperman absolutely captivates the viewer as the siren-esque Valerie, who tempts Kathi despite the disapproval of their small woodland village. I quite honestly could have enjoyed a feature-length version of just this segment, with all its poise and nuance.“
Jacquoi Griffin, Film Inquiry
"That first one is Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz's "The Sinful Women of Höllfall", a take on an Austrian myth that at least seems to subvert its folkloric roots while still cranking up some tension. It follows Kathi, a young woman (Marlene Hauser) who witnesses another drawing blood so that she can at least temporarily hide her pregnancy by showing stained undergarments when the village women do their laundry; they grow closer, a danger in itself, as Kathi's mother warns that it will draw The Trud out of the woods. Franz & Fiala engage with what makes this fable frightening on a gut level, but also find ways to interrogate and question it, recognizing both its original intent but also the power myth has over a community itself, and how one can fight those forces.“
Jay Seaver, EFilmcritic.com
"There’s a purity to the directors’ envisioning of the characters forbidden dynamic that makes the eventual arrival of said evil all the more chilling; layered yet organic performances from Marlene Hauser and Luzia Oppermann (both young stars in the making) further sell the proceedings, which ratchet tension up to unbearable levels only to cap off with a wonderful sting in the tail. Easily one of the best shorts in recent horror memory, it’s also a standout in this terror trove.“
Isaac Feldberg, CutPrintFilm
„It's just that the anthology quite possibly peaks with its first entry, and even some of the better ones that follow never quite live up to how smart and thrilling that one is."
„Franz and Fiala’s elegant opening segment, “The Sinful Women of Höllfall”, is lushly shot and quietly thought-provoking, the story of two women in a pious, forest community whose lust for one another constitutes a cardinal sin in the eyes of the other women – one that could bring an ancient force known as the Trud down on their heads."
Ein Film von Veronika Franz und Severin Fiala