In spite of its title, Irish director Damian McCarthy’s latest film Oddity is more familiar than strange—a classic whodunit couched in a haunted-house story with a touch of Gothic—steeped in generic conventions that are tailor-made to scare.

You Are Not My Mother

Stories told within the framework of family drama can sometimes resemble folklore—digressive, dark, suspiciously elliptical, patent fabrications that only bear hints of an ancient truth that has since been lost to time.