DanTheMan123’s review published on Letterboxd:
31 Days of Horror (Spoopy Season) 2021 - Film #9
While I patiently wait for my theater to eventually start giving showings for Dune, I must continue forward with Spoopy Season! And for the longest time I've wanted to review this film, I have waited and waited and now it's time, and one of the big reasons as to why this film is so special to me is because it's technically the first "horror film" that I saw in theaters. The Conjuring and this film opened up my eyes to a whole new genre that I (at first) didn't want to explore, and I thank them so much for that. This film is directed by Fede Alvarez and stars Jane Levy,Stephen Lang, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto in this horror film that uses sound to it's upmost potential when creating tension. The film mostly takes place in one location but so much is seen in it and the potential is all used, so many great sequences, big and small. Stephen Lang is absolutely fantastic as The Blind Man and he played the character so well, he genuinely feels like an actual blind person with the way he was executing everything. The other set of characters are questionable on a moral standpoint but you do feel for 2/3 of them in a way. The story takes a couple of twists here and there, which is something I definitely do respect since this could've been nothing but a "basic film" (this being a reverse home invasion thriller is already something different and unique). Thankfully this ventured out into being something a little bit more. Pacing was great, it all flows very well and is a breeze to get through and experience. Cinematography, editing and all other technical aspects are done extremely well, like this looks extremely well compared to most horror flicks. Also speaking of Horror, it's amazing how this has just about no cheap jumpscare in it, this film is a literal gem in the genre and the more I think about it the more I end up liking it. The only real complaint that I'd give this film is that it may feel a tad bit repetitive at times, but not always...it still has enough fresh ideas to keep it moving. So yeah, just a near perfect film that gets better and better upon every rewatch, if you haven't checked it out yet then WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Please give this one a shot, I highly recommend it.