We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
They're already inside
A young couple lead a happy, quiet life in the countryside. But little do they know they're being surrounded. When night falls, the couple will come face to face with THEM. Who are they? What do they want? The answers will take them to the very limits of fear itself."
.....creeped me the fuck out.......French bastards.....
The tagline for this film on IMDB and the DVD case reads "The film that terrified Europe has come to America".
I'm just kidding. This film would probably terrify only the most novice of horror watchers. It's pretty typical home invasion stuff, with a weak twist regarding who Them are. Had the build up been a little better the twist might have worked, but it's all pretty average in every way. If you're considering watching this I recommend watching The Last House on the Left remake instead. It's a similar premise and much better in my opinion.
The concept of home invasion has been done in film many times but it has been a very long time since it's been done in a way quite as frightening as in Ils. Modern horror is generally disappointing, so to find a gem like this that actually knows what tension is, knows how to build up atmosphere and knows that there is more to horror than shoving jump scares in randomly, is really something. Although since release fallen into obscurity, this short but terrifying little french film is a welcome change from the usual twaddle genre fans have to deal with. It doesn't really do anything entirely out of the ordinary, apart from highly interesting and bone-chilling use of sound,…
Maybe it was just the mood I was in when I watched it, but this movie was better at building suspense as a thriller/horror film than any I've seen in several years.
The minimalist approach and taking time to build up scenes rather than rushing through them is what made the whole thing come together. You end up waiting for whatever's going to happen to happen and it creates tension and a sense of impending doom. It seems a little counterintuitive but for me, it just worked.
I'm far from an expert in this genre, but I had a total blast watching this. A fantastic experience.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Oooo, look at me and my loud and (not so) scary sound effects."
I would find it very hard to actually explain what happened to anyone asking, because I'm not sure if anything major happened at all.
Just a lot of random nonsense. I'm starting to like home invasion movies less and less.
It also states in the beginning of the film that it is based on true events. I give up...
Rated R for some violence and terror.
Mon dieu, la tension est trop grande!
A simple & effective home-invasion horror. Builds the tension well until it's chilling ending. #see
*Watched with Alex Leonardis*
This is some intense shit from jolting opening to the chilling end. Although the film never focuses on the two protagonists all that much, giving us the cliche relationship development, it is nonetheless a gripping technical exercise in tension and atmosphere. While hollow in terms of emotional connection, I was still entangled with the raw intensity, which is the film's strongest point other than the two leading performances which were very good. The inclusion of subtle societal commentary was also quite effective despite being short lived. Overall, this is a great one watch film. Definitely worth the time of anyone looking for a quick 75 minute chiller that manages to be well made, intense as hell, and thought provoking. Solid "forror" film.
Cool little Franco-Romanian horror movie set in the Romanian countryside. Based on true events. Very scary at times. Pretty main lady.
Equal parts terrifying and depressing.
I don't understand this hype. I've seen home invasion films that are much better than this, and much worse. This is very middle-ground with a decent ending.
i HATE kids
Another movie I like due to its 'vague' opening scenes where you're not sure what's going on. I feel the cause is revealed a little too early, but it doesn't spoil this excellent movie.
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