Director: Patrick Brice
Writers: Stephanie Perkins(based on the novel by), Henry Gayden(screenplay by)
Starring: Sydney Park, Théodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper
RATING: 2 Stars
Makani Young has moved from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school, but as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorizing victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer’s identity before they become victims themselves.—Netflix
Cheesy teen slasher movies are some of my favourite films to watch this time of year. There is just something so comforting about the predetermined set or rules, and the ever climbing body count and the inevitable final showdown that brings me so much joy. But it is so rare that I find one these days that can out do the classics from the 80s and 90s, the golden age of the slasher genre. I was hoping that this one would at least be a contender, Netflix have put some good horror movies out in the past, but alas ‘There Is Someone Inside Your House’ gives us nothing new, and is full of characters that I cared not one dime about.
The idea of a killer killing you whilst uncovering your darkest secret is great, and I liked that there didn’t seem to be any guarantee that any of our main characters would make it to the end. But the kills were mundane and boring, no imagination behind them at all besides some pretty basic staging. And towards the end it became incredibly obvious, to me at least, who the killer was. It’s no fun when that big reveal doesn’t make your jaw hit the floor. It’s never the person they originally suspect, so the red herring here was to glaringly obvious.
Makani was an interesting and flawed main character. She didn;t always make the smart or correct decision, a nice change from the heroine in these films always being the perfect person. But there really wasn’t a single main character here that some way a really irritating person, beside maybe Darby, who was just precious. My dislike of most of the characters meant that I didn’t really care who lived or dies, because they all spent a lot of the time really getting on my tits. Slashers only work well if you don’t want your favourites to die.
A disappointing addition to the slasher genre, I am now much more excited to go see the 25th anniversary release of Scream later to remind myself why I love this genre so much.
‘There is Someone in Your House’ is streaming on Netflix now!