Right, that’s it. I’m going to have to extend spooky season. I’ve not watched anywhere near enough horror movies this year so it’s going to have to continue for much longer. I mean, it’s literally 5 days until October 31st and I’ve only watched about three of them. Sucks when life gets in the way of your hobbies, doesn’t it?
There’s Someone Inside Your House is the latest attempt at converting a novel to a movie by Netflix. It’s based on Stephanie Perkins‘ YA thriller of the same name and – by the sounds of it – remains pretty faithful to its source material. The movie follows Makani Young (Sydney Park); a young girl who has recently moved to small town Nebraska. It feels as though she’s escaped something dark from her past, until suddenly a string of murders begin to occur across the local community. A standard slasher story, There’s Someone Inside Your House invites you, the viewer, to try and solve the mystery of the masked killer alongside its female protagonist.
Since bad teen slashers are my favourite genre (besides sports movies, obviously), I was always going to rate this more highly than it probably deserved. No ragrets. (No, this is not a typo.)
In an attempt to remain a little less biased, I will admit that there are some parts that drag here. Clearly there’s an attempt at ebb and flow, but it just makes the pacing seem ultimately really strange and very “stop/start”. Even so, the mystery of a masked serial killer is enough to keep me interested and so my internal natural bias sneaks right back in.
In terms of story, There’s Someone Inside Your House isn’t exactly re-inventing the wheel. It’s certainly entertaining enough plot-wise most of the time, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who the killer is. However, if you want to watch a film and it be just mind-numbing enough that you don’t have to pay attention solidly for 90 minutes, this is your guy.
One of the main positives I took from this was how surprisingly interesting some of the shots were, especially a selection of frames during the gory death sequences. Who knew that being sliced through the head by a machete could look so art house-y? Whilst it’s mostly just average, some of the camerawork and direction is really well put together.
On the whole, I doubt I’ll ever think about this again. Maybe I expected more from it because of the slasher component that I’m so fond of, but – barring one or two unanticipated great elements – this is standard Netflix fodder.
An easy watch for sure, There’s Someone Inside Your House tries its hardest but ends up being mostly forgettable.
There’s Someone Inside Your House is available to stream on Netflix in the UK.
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Overall Enjoyability Rating: ½