This originally started as a list of the films on shudder which I've not seen, but then I decided to…
In Their Skin
Yours is the life they've chosen.
A couple and their young son retreat to their woodland vacation home, only to face sinister neighbors who intend to kill them and steal their identities.
In the dark ages, aka the pre-Letterboxd era, I think I never used the term 'home invasion thriller'. Since then, a lot has changed, for it seems these type of movies always seem to end up on my evening plate.
A couple with a young boy, suffering from the tragic loss of the little daughter, retreats in a country house inherited from their grandparents. But it seems another family is expecting them...
Painted with very bleak colours, the director creates a sinister picture in the first act with an akward atmosphere when the visiting family is almost interrogating the hosts and avoiding answering questions during the frightening dinner table scene.
Unfortunately, dinner was great, but the dessert was inedible. The…
In Their Skin, the debut film from director Jeremy Power Regimbal, is a home-invasion thriller heavily indebted to Haneke’s Funny Games. Selma Blair and Joshua Close star as an affluent couple struggling to come to terms with the accidental death of their youngest child. On a holiday retreat they discover threatening new neighbours who take a liking to their privileged lifestyle.
Co-written by Close this slow-burn thriller attempts to tap into issues of class and wealth divides but deals with it in broad strokes as the murderous family attempt to steal the identities of their wealthy and educated neighbours. The film is far more successful in its opening half, ominously teasing what is to come with its slow and deliberate…
After the loss of one of their two children, the family of four (if you count the dog) retreats to a home out on the countryside. It doesn't take long before their neighbours come by, and as one would've guessed they're creepy as hell with no social skills whatsoever. After an awkward (mildly speaking) lunch with the new neighbours, they are asked to leave the house.
Darkness falls and the dog barks at something outside. "Oh, you want to go outside?" the dad says. He opens the door and the dog runs out into the darkness... and well, now it begins. In your typical home invasion fashion one might say, and we all saw it coming. As early as from…
A nerve-shredding home invasion thriller along the lines of FUNNY GAMES, THE STRANGERS, and the LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake, it's a shame that this effective indie didn't make a few more waves when it was released last year and promptly disappeared. These kinds of films are uniquely intense when done well, and while IN THEIR SKIN isn't flawless, it's a ruthlessly simple and scary film.
Mary (Selma Blair) and Mark (Josh Close) are a well-to-do couple who travel to their vacation home in the woods with their 8-year-old son Brendon (Quinn Lord), in order to try and forget the recent death of their daughter in a car accident.
They are soon set upon by their strange new neighbors,…
Mark and Mary retreat to their family cottage in hopes that the time away will help them reconnect after a tragic accident rocks their marriage.
Unfortunately for them, their arrival is waited upon by Bobby and Jane - two psychopathic identity-thieves with a yearning for "the good life." Turns out Mark and Mary's retreat won't be so relaxing after all.
Found the acting really good here. Good story. Nice twist. And Bobby and Jane's million questions about the lives of Mark and Mary actually made me uncomfortable, which I guess was the point.
A lot of the press for this seems to be categorizing it as a "home invasion" thriller, and while it certainly fits the profile, I kind of like that I came into it (without having dug my way into the "R" section of the program yet) thinking it was going to be something a little more fantastical. That's fine; it had me looking at the characters for signs of weird behavior which was awarded in spades.
No matter what's actually going on, this is a tense little movie that establishes its atmosphere early - and finds ways to balance gloom and something intrusive while doing so. Director Jeremy Regimbal does a pretty nifty job of playing the two families in the movie as mirror images of each other, showing them tightly wound and then letting loose in the final act without ever letting the tension go slack.
Would have been just another home invasion movie with a stale premise if it weren't for Close and Blair committing 100% and knocking their performances out of the fucking park, elevating the movie to another level.
I quite enjoyed this. The acting was superb, the atmosphere of the movie thoroughly tense and uneasy. The movie doesn't let go until the last few minutes, which is its main strength, it's what makes this worth a look. It suffers from fairly typical horror flaws, with characters making bad decisions and the occasional inexplicable plot development. But with movies like this I try not to be too critical and just enjoy the experience.
Хорошо нагнетенный wtf-градус испорчен истеричной концовкой.
A+++ on atmosphere in this movie. The tension even from the start was so thick and uncomfortable I had to remember to take breaths every once in a while. Solid home invasion featuring the girlfriend from Bully! Which I recently watched. Wish the ending was wrapped up in a different way, but what can ya do.
This starts with a family getting stalked by another family and this part of the film I coulda watched for hours. The stalker family trying to get as much information with no subtleness at all was really entertaining for me.
Shame then that it becomes a home invasion thriller and I feel like I've seen as many of this type of film that I want to ever again.
Credit to the stalker dad for going from a buffoon to a sinister git though!
the first 40 or whatever minutes are so awkward and boring like it took me 4 hours to watch the first half of this movie i was praying for the death to start like where 👏 is 👏 the 👏 death 👏 i wanted to scream every time a character did anything because all of these characters are horrible and stupid and the next 40 minutes started and guess what lmao it was still dumb as hell!!!! u know for a thriller it was never that thrilling!! for a thriller i was never thrilled!! this was completely unnecessary and really tasteless and a waste of time. joshua my man dont write a movie again lmao
edit: i take the part about all of the characters being stupid back selma blair's character is played by selma blair
You know how you’re (i'm) like creepily attracted to Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)??? Well that’s how I feel about Bob in In Their Skin. Plz help me.
This is also a good comparison since James D'Arcy (Bob) played Anthony Perkins in Hitchcock (2012) so that’s pretty cool it all makes sense right? RIGHT?! 45.media.tumblr.com/bb306371189d0cf739165fcbcd75188e/tumblr_nr3fo6fymn1tepew7o1_500.gif
Of course we think of funny games, of course it can't compare but, it was enjoyable. I liked the atmosphere of the begining and the awkward dinner scene. The last part was too typical, I started to care less and, as too often, be annoyed by some of the characters' choices. Still a nice movie overall.
Strange, creepy, and mostly effective. Home invasion stuff generally isn't my thing, but this has some interesting pieces -- and further cemented my fear of staying way out in the middle of nowhere with no one else around you.
Great horror flix you may have missed.
Movies available to stream on Shudder as of August 2016, listed as they appear on the site.