‘Swallow’ Is a Haunting Cinematic Portrait on Body and Control

A thumbtack rests on the kitchen counter, pointing up. It had been pulled from the vacuum. Hunter, played by Hayley Benett, stares at it longingly. She pauses for a moment, and then pops it into her mouth.

“Swallow,” a psychological horror film written and directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis, follows a soft-spoken and polished housewife named Hunter. Released…