Director: Santiago Menghini
Writers: Jon Croker, Fernanda Coppel, Adam Nevill(novel)
Stars: Marc Menchaca, Cristina Rodlo, Victoria Alcock
RATING: 2 Stars
An immigrant in search of the American dream who, after being forced to take a room in a boarding house, finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape. – From IMDB
This film had so much potential, and a really interesting premise, but it just fails to deliver in so many ways that it inevitably just falls a bit flat. Its main problem for me is that it fails to really develop its backstory and mythology. It’s clear pretty early on that the stone box that everyone keeps seeing is going to be important, but it’s origins, and it’s purpose are never even hinted at. Without any real knowledge of whats going on, you are effectively watching a bunch of meaningless scary things happening, for no reason, and with no explanation. So there is no real connection to the story at all.
The two storylines, one concerning the creepy goings on at the boarding house, and the other being Ambar’s illegal status, are also not really connected in anyway except to explain why she has to stay in this place. So the film comes across like it is trying to tell two entirely different stories, and neither of them are given the time they deserve to really stand out. The boarding house does have real good atmosphere and there is some good tension and gory goings on in the second act of the film, but it is ultimately all for nothing.
Pretty much if you have seen any creepy, haunting type film before you will be familiar with all the tropes and jump scares that occur here, there is nothing particularly new or surprising going on. Had they elaborated on the mythology, the final act could have been really good, it had some interesting elements, but without it, and with a dodgy CGI monster doing god knows what to that man’s head, this whole thing was a big disappointment.
‘No-One Gets Out Alive’ is streaming on Netflix Now