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."
A 'Choose your own adventure'- sort of review. Please feel free to grab a spare pair of pants on the way in.
You're in bed, alone after a night of watching tv and liking lists on Letterboxd. It's cold and raining outside as you sleep.....
....but you wake up at 03:46am though you're not quite sure why or what interrupted your slumber. Your house is dead silent. Your bedroom stinks of farts and you remind yourself never to eat expired peanuts EVER again......
...then you hear what sounds like a children's toy, a clacker of sorts. From downstairs. From the dark. You're just imagining things. Probably. Watching too many movies can warp fragile minds. The hairs on the back of…
A very intense horror movie...that is based on a true story. Movie does an excellent job building suspense....all the while staying away from gore....a young John Carpenter would be proud of this movie. A couple who live in a big house in the country get attacked when it gets dark....the pretty much describes the entire movie. The first 10 minutes...which centers around a minor car accident is extremely intense....and reminded me of the scene in Halloween when Michael Meyers escaped from the hospital by jumping on a car. The first hour we do not know who is attacking the house....that makes them even scarier.....and when do figure who is attacking the house it only adds to the intensity of the movie. Movie is from France but it is worth checking out.
.....creeped me the fuck out.......French bastards.....
I was lead to believe that the film The Strangers was a remake of this film. Apparently it isn't. It's just a ripoff of this film and a poorly made one if you ask me. There's a few major differences in both films that oddly enough were minor in their execution, it's a simple matter of one director mistaking creepiness for fear.
While The Strangers seemed more concerned with making it's villains seem disturbing, directors Xavier Palud and David Moreau seem to understand that the unknown is much more terrifying or unsettling. Having your home invaded by an unknown number of assailants, not knowing who they are or if they're armed and with what, handicaps your options…
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.
Expected Ils (aka Them) to be better than it eventually was. I've heard lots of good things about how tense and well written it is, but ultimately I found it to be a little bit tedious at times.
I liked the concept, stripping things down to the minimum of basic home invasion movies but way more intense. Unfortunately, something about it just felt unremarkable. But I liked what they were aiming for. Unnerving occasionally, some rather uncomfortable scenes to sit through, and an unsettling idea behind it... Lots of 'un's... it just didn't really have as much impact on me as I was expecting, therefore I found it disappointing.
Fin quando spadella paura pura e semplice Them se la cava da Dio. Poi arriva il momento sociologia da bar e l'angoscia perde i suoi artigli.
For the most part, “Them” is a well made home-invasion horror film but I just was bored with it. I applaud that the filmmakers didn’t overload the film with music that cued the scares but with some scenes that drag on a little too long and kills the potential scares, maybe music would have helped. Also, while the actors are decent, I found myself not caring for the protagonists due to how lightly developed they are. Finally, the film wants to give you a nice mystery about who the attackers are and why they chose this couple but after sitting through a repetitive story, the Who didn’t really interest me and the lazy way the filmmakers decided to show you…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A young couple is terrorized in the Romanian countryside by an unknown group of assailants. What could have been a fairly typical story turns out to be a very interesting statement on the current political climate in France and Romania. SPLOILERS : After some reading I’ve learned that Romania has been having such a problem maintaining their population that the president actually requires families to have children and has outlawed all birth control and abortion. What this has created is a generation of unwanted children that wander the country with no sense of what is right or wrong.
A home-invasion horror film fit for a Francophile.
Like horrors? Looking for one that won't put you to sleep? You will not be disappointed with Ils! The first 15 minutes is enough to make you feel like someone is watching you in the darkness...
Watch this at night, with all the lights turned off and tell me this didn't get under your skin just a wee bit!
I've been pretty hard on ratings for the films I've watched of late but Ils is a well-crafted horror. It's based on true events too, but so many films are these days, so no big.
Some horrors rely on gore to get you squirming, others on shock value. But Ils utilises neither of these. Ils is all about fear of the…
Straight up scary movie with a very effective opening scene. Good performance by Olivia Bonmay. None of that torture-porn like Saw or Hostel, or scary-pale-children of J-Horror.nJust stay clear of the directors' re-make of The Eye.
Starts off strong, then half the movie passes until it's tense again. A cat and mouse game comprised of I-Can't-See-Shit editing may be realistic but it's frustrating and annoying to sit through. The final reveal is a disclaimer which leaves you with nothing but rolling credits. Can't help feeling cheated
From my old Netflix reviews:
Close to four stars but didn't quite make it. The main reason is that the weak first half damages what otherwise is a killer second half that delivered the thrilling goods. The locale works and the twist is creepy enough but not so outlandish that it spoiled the thrust of the film. It's short enough to just get under your skin and slip away again into the night without a trace. Turn off the lights, turn up the sound and make sure the person next to you isn't a screamer.
New French Extremism's lowest, and arguably final, point. A masterful lesson in how not to make a horror film.
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