A lot of movies are labeled ‘horror’, but are in fact rather thriller-horror.
Take Scream for example. At best this movie and its entire trilogy is a very commercial – almost tongue-in-cheek funny – horror blockbuster. If you wanna talk true horror, you might wanna check out A nightmare on Elm street or Evil dead.
The latter one was created by Sam Raimi and let it be known he’s also the driving force behind the finest thriller-horror movie to ever come out of 2016 …
Don’t breathe is a good suspenseful movie with a plot so simple it could’ve been written by a canary bird. But don’t let that fool ya! It’s the simplicity of the story that works to its effect!
Basically it’s about some teenagers looking for a quick cash, breaking into a bunch of houses. At one night they pick the wrong house and … BAM! … they find themselves trapped in all sorts of trouble. It seems the owner of the house is a blind war veteran with Cujo for a dog.
As soon as the youthful trio find themselves inside the house, director Fede Alvarez slowly builds up the suspense Hitchcock-style. No matter how many thrillers or horror movies you’ve watched – you’ll be shuffling your ass deeper in your chair seeking comfort when there is none to be found on the screen.
Special kudos for the filmmakers in general!
Not only the creepy musical tunes or the ingenious use of uncomfortable camera positions will creep you out. The absolute brilliant use of pitch black darkness – filmed in such a way that you can still see – and the casting of the blind man who’s being robbed in his own house brings forth a lethal mixture of captivating frights.
Though the movie near the end becomes more of an action movie than a standout thriller, it still manages to deliver the goods!
As mentioned before, the casting of the antagonist – though he’s really the protagonist if you think about it – is outstandingly done! Actor Stephen Lang keeps a fine balance being a military tough guy on one hand, but an old weak blind man on the other.
Often times you don’t know whether to hate him or to feel sorry for him. After all, he is the one who’s being victimized by the group of teenagers. Especially when the shocking ending hits you in the face …
For the casting of the teenagers is Jane Levy the one who reeks up most of the attention.
She becomes a mouse trapped in a house full of deadly pitfalls and nasty surprises.
After an hour or so, the movie tends to drag out the amount of different situations like there’s no end to it. But right then and there, it hits you again with another brilliant plot change.
Jane Levy maybe not be much of a famous actress yet, but she surely knows how to handle herself in stressful situations …
Don’t breathe is a small thriller-horror movie, but don’t be mistaken. This is one of the finest ones in its genre you’ll see all year long.
Even if the plot is something you’ve probably read about or seen a thousand times before – the execution of the actual filmmaking process makes it all worthwhile.
Watch this movie – and you’ll never evade a stranger’s house again – I promise you!!
did you know?
Stephen Lang wore contact lenses that greatly restricted his vision, particularly in low light. The other actors, in the scene taking place in the dark, wore lenses that made them look like they had dilated pupils but also greatly restricted their vision.
Give it to me short:
Don’t breathe is an ingenious little movie that shifts back and forth between thriller and horror, although there’s never any showers of blood to be seen. The movie doesn’t need any cheap scares. It depends largely on the asset of ‘what if’?
Essentially this is a very cunningly made cat-and-mouse game. As soon as we venture inside the house, the aspect of safety goes out the window and we are trapped until the whole thing is over!
Kudos to Stephen Lang for playing a blind man so effectively frightening. The many moments in the film which are dead silent – to the point where breathing becomes a dangerous thing coz it might spoil your hiding place – are very well executed. It’s these still moments that you, as a viewer, almost forget to breathe yourself.
Pity that the movie becomes an everyday action movie where one character chases another, but for the greater part, Don’t breathe is one of the most interesting thriller-horror movies of 2016!