A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, discover a young student is harbouring a dangerous secret that could have frightening consequences.
Runtime: 99 minutes
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan, Cody Davis, Sawyer Jones, Arlo Hajdu, Glynis Davies, Dorian Kingi, Andy Thompson, Jesse Downs, Dendrie Taylor, Emily Delahunty, Katelyn Peterson, Charmaine Wilson, Jay Brazeau, Lyla Marlow
Director: Scott Cooper
candescelso - 4 January 2023 Finally a good horror movie Wow from the first minute till the end it was so creepy. I love horror movies but it is so difficult to find a good one. The caracters are incredible good choosen. The story is good, everything is very well done. The special effects also. The main character, the boy, has the real acting skills. He is so credible. The story is very good build up and at some moments I hardly could look at it. And what I said, i am used to see real creepy horror movies. First time since a long time that I was so taken away like this time. Great actors, great story. The colors in the movie, everything is thought of!
d_penn - 21 October 2022 👎👎 This movie isn't worth spending money to watch. Wait until it's free. The storyline is slow and grueling, but the SFX are astounding to look at.
I really wanted to love this movie. I'm a huge fan of the horror genre revival and from the moment I saw this trailer it conjured the same excitement and anticipation I felt at seeing The VVitch, Hereditary, and the like. I wanted so badly for this to be another addition to the growing trend of spectacular, high-end horror films, but alas it failed on nearly every level.
In fact, I don't think this movie even qualifies as "horror." This is a drama, through and through, with just enough gore to elevate it beyond a character study. It's as if the director had never heard of horror movies, never even seen one, and decided to make this his first attempt. There is no suspense whatsoever, and in classic "scary movie" fashion the characters often do things that don't make sense, simply as a way to propel the story forward, or add to the visual effect on screen. Like using a road flare instead of a flashlight while cooking meth. Um, what?
The pacing is downright unbearable at times. I kept thinking, "when are they going to get on with it already?" Even taking the "horror" aspect out of it, the problems facing this child warrant a quick and reactionary response from everyone involved. Instead we get a slow crawl as the plot moves toward its big reveal.
The failures seem to stem from the fact that this was adapted from a short story. The director simply didn't know how to fill the time. Which is a shame, because this could've been great.
The SFX were astounding. I was blown away by the makeup and gore depicted on screen. It was uncanny and hyper-realistic. I come from a medical background, so I can appreciate the effort put into making the gore seem as real as possible. It's extremely rare to see such expert attention to detail given to gore in horror movies, or any movies for that matter. The passage of time and exposure to the elements was expertly depicted in each gorey detail.
I wasn't surprised then, when at the end I saw Guillermo del Torro had been a producer on the film. Surely he had a hand in the SFX craftsmanship.
But none of that makes up for the terrible directing. I hate it when someone takes a drama, adds some creepy figures, and assumes that will make it a "scary" movie. It does a tremendous disservice to the horror genre as a whole, and only serves to dissuade viewers from watching similar movies. The plot is so painfully obvious, it actually hurt at times to see it unfold. This entire story was entirely without grace.
I would never recommend this film to a friend as a genuine piece of media entertainment. But it does have some value purely for the expertly crafted SFX.