Directed by Mike Flanagan
A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.
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★★★★ review by Emily Housel on Letterboxd
me the whole time:
you go girl you got this
yessss kill em
★★★½ review by Leticia Fernandes on Letterboxd
Oh thank god the cat is okay I was so worried
★★★★ review by Katie on Letterboxd
HOW CAN SHE HEAR THE VIBRATIONS FROM THE FIRE ALARM BUT NOT HER FRIEND BEING MURDERED AGAINST A WINDOW?
★★★½ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd
a heartwarming tale about a girl & her cat :)
★★★★ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd
This was my first experience of director Mike Flanagan's work (Oculus, Absentia) and I must say, I was pretty impressed and now look forward to checking out his other films. A home invasion thriller with a unique twist, Kate Siegel (Who also co-wrote the film alongside Flanagan) stars as Maddie, a published author who lives alone in a remote house. Maddie also happens to be a deaf-mute after contracting bacterial meningitis when she was 13 and when a psychotic, cross-bow wielding stalker (John Gallagher Jr.) takes a shine to her, she must keep her wits about her if she wants to survive the night, beginning a high stakes game of cat and mouse.
A really like the way Flanagan use's little tricks to occasionally put us in Maddy's shoe's, he'll cut the sound at points, really adding to the films tense atmosphere and we also get to hear the voice inside Maddy's head at points as she stages mini conversations with herself. In what is really a two actor film, the performances need to be spot on and both actors knock it out of the park. Gallagher Jr. is a revelation as the motiveless, tattoo sporting psycho, he begins the film under a mask but is possibly even more menacing without it, between this, Short Term 12 an 10 Cloverfield Lane, he really is proving himself to be one to watch. Siegel's also terrific in what is a real physical role, proving herself to be a resourceful woman who doesn't ever let her disability stand in her way. Flanagan also keeps thing moving at a good pace with the horror starting unexpectedly early and the tension barely lets up, there were a few scenes in the film where I contemplated jumping behind the sofa to hide and not coming out until the credits rolled.
Overall, this is an enjoyable thriller full of tension, suspense and some fairly brutal scenes of violence. It features a likeable lead character who's smart and doesn't make too many stupid decisions, I found myself constantly willing her to get out of this dire situation alive. It's also genuinely scary which is a rare thing in this day and age.
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