Directed & Written by: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, and Benedict Hardie.
This is a horror film, which follows Celcilia (Elisabeth Moss), who receives some news regarding her ex, who was abusive, suicide. When she starts to rebuild her life, she suspects whether her ex is actually dead or not, and begins to experiences a few too many coincidences which turn dangerous, whilst she begins to work out how to prove she is being haunted by someone invisible.
As this film was in the cinema’s earlier this year, I was quite surprised that Sky already has this film showing for free on Sky Premiere HD. As it is Halloween, this is one of the few films I am watching and enjoyed this film, there were a few jump scenes which did get me, and is one of the good horror films I have seen in a while.
What makes this film edgy, in the sense of scary, is the relationship that was between Cecilia and Adrian, which was very toxic and abusive, and on top of this is having Adrian being able to actually, physically, haunt Cecilia causing some of the people closest to her to begin turning on her, when his “invisibility” actions cause issues, such as the scene where Adrian slaps Sydney (Storm Reid) and makes it look like Cecilia did it.
Before Adrian took his own life, he controlled Cecilia completely, from what she had to eat, to what she was wearing, what she even said and thought too, and when she was with him it was almost like she couldn’t breathe without permission. Every aspect of her life was constantly under close watch, and showed every flag to exist, existed in this relationship. Starting the film with this did set the story for the entire film, as-well-as increased anticipations for the horror side of the film.
I am never usually all that phased by horror films anymore, as they seem to be much the same, but this film gave me a different vibe, on the edge of your seat feelings, jump scares, and honestly. At a few scenes I jumped so hard, I am sure to be finding random pieces of popcorn somewhere in my bed tonight! One of the better horror films to have been created recently, which gets your heart rate going.
The writing, directing, and casting of this film is great, and the writer/producer; Leigh Whannell, did an excellent job at creating a horror such as this and it is the kind of film you want to watch, and to experience some scares too.
I give this film a 4.5 star rating!