PLOT: A deaf writer living in isolation must fend off a home invader.
Mike Flanagan has been all over the place this year on the horror scene, especially with The Haunting of Hill House releasing on Netflix (review to come). Looking at his filmography, I guess I would label myself a fan. I was a big fan of Oculus and I really dug this film as well. He’s got a great sense of horror and tension and I always appreciate a well-done home invasion film.
Kate Siegel, co-writer and Mike Flanagan’s real-life wife, plays Maddie, a deaf writer that lives in the woods, more or less isolated from the world except for a neighbor or two. One night, while home alone, a masked assailant stalks Maddie’s home after murdering one of her lone neighbors. From there, it’s a cat-and-mouse game between Maddie and the would-be home invader to see who can come out on top.
What sets this film apart from the other home invasion movies is the wrinkle of Maddie being deaf. Flanagan’s story uses this to its full advantage, showing how, to Maddie, this impairment can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. From beginning to end, the twists and turns are incredibly compelling, and it’s hard to see which way it’s going to go. This is one of the best horror films on Netflix and I highly suggest this one.
Some gore, but pretty grounded in reality. Broken bones, bleeding wounds, that sort of thing. No one gets their brains smashed in or anything like that, but there’s a decent amount of blood in this one.
Gore Rating: 3 out of 5
Very tense like a home invasion movie should be, so it’s not exactly a “scary” movie in the traditional sense, but things get bad and it puts you on the edge of your seat.
Scare Rating: 3 out of 5
Sex/Nudity Rating: 0 out of 5
This is a really good horror film. It’s obviously not a supernatural story or a bloody mess, but it puts together a compelling home invasion story and does it very well. Kate Siegel is very good in this as Maddie, and I really liked her arc in The Haunting of Hill House. She’s one to watch for, as is her husband, Mike Flanagan. I can’t wait to see what he does next.