Friday, October 06, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Six

Welcome back to day six of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

This is a film that I haven't seen too many times yet as it was only released in 2016 but it's probably one of the best horror films I've seen in recent years.

The film follows trio of teens: Alex (
Dylan Minnette), Rocky (Jane Levy) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) who break into the houses in the wealthy suburbs of Detroit, in the hopes that they can gather enough money together to leave their dead-end town for good. Money gets a tip-off that a blind veteran got a hefty cheque from a court settlement after the death of his only child, they see him as an easy target but is he as vulnerable as he seems?

I've watched a lot of horror films in my time but I sort of found that the more you watch, the more familiar you become with the usual cliches. It got to the point where every horror I'd watch, I'd always be able to guess all the twists and turns, so they became kind of boring, so I decided to have a little break from the genre. I finally gave in and watched Don't Breathe (2016) one evening when I was ill, mainly because I saw Dylan Minnette was in it and I fell in love with him after watching 13 Reasons Why and wanted to see more of him. I didn't have many expectations for the film because I suspected it had been majorly overhyped but I was actually pleasantly surprised. 

As I've mentioned before, my biggest pet peeve with horror films is when filmmakers rely so heavily on jump scares but this film manages this so perfectly, there are very few jumpscares and instead, they rely on real terror and tension, which is so much more effective. The use of sound in this film is also exceptional. There are points where everything is completely silent and your anxiety level is through the roof waiting to see what will happen next and the smallest sound of a floorboard creaking makes your heart just completely drop.

There are very few films, especially horrors that keep the audience guessing until the very end. Usually, they are pretty predictable but this managed to do it very well. If you do anything before watching this film, try and avoid all spoilers. Don't watch the trailers. Just watch and you won't be disappointed. It's one of those films that the more you know, the fewer surprises will be left in store and it will have a less of an effect on you.

Overall, this is a fantastic film and one of my favourites now. 
I just love how much thought that has been put into this film to create the right amount of tension throughout. It's definitely not for the faint-hearted, some of the twists are shocking and are a lot to stomach but if you're someone that loves those films that make you feel on the edge of your seat and almost claustrophobic, add this to your list to watch this Halloween, you'll love it!

"Now you're gonna see what I see."

Where to watch:
Google Play
Now TV
Sky Go

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