Barbara Crampton at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival opening night premiere of Focus Features' 'The Book Of Henry' held at ArcLight Cinemas Culver City - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 14th June 2017
Despite warnings, Veronique has always known the dangers of hitchhiking but reasoning with herself that she's in a sleepy countryside town in France, she and her new travel companion, Jack, decide to take a risk and take a ride from an old man.
Claiming he's local to the area, Grizard offers the pair a place to stay for the night. They arrive back and his house which is larger and more extravagant than they expected and they're welcomed in by his British wife. Jack soon finds himself becoming uneasy when he finds out that Veronique has 'gone'. Grizard isn't forthcoming with any of Jacks questions and as night falls the Irishman begins to search for his partner.
No one can be trusted and now Jack and Veronique must fight for their survival in a wicked game of cat and mouse.
Wildly over-praised by audiences desperate for a scary horror movie, this film has little more than the germ of a solid idea followed by a series of predictable cliches. It's a clever twist on the violent home-invasion scenario, fraught with family tensions and shifty characters. But the story develops without much sense of direction, and all of the scary bits are added in post-production through jolting editing and a freak-out sound mix.
It centres on a family gathering at a palatial summer home for the 35th anniversary of Paul and Aubrey (Moran and Crampton). All of their kids are here: Crispian (Bowen) is nervous about bringing his girlfriend (Vinson) to meet everyone, and his three siblings Felix, Aimee and Drake (Tucci, Swanberg and Seimetz) have also arrived with their respective partners (Glenn, Myers and West). The usual arguments are re-ignited at their first meal together, but they're quickly interrupted by a bigger problem: someone shoots an arrow through a window and begins picking them off one by one. As they are forced to work together, Erin rises to the challenge, leading the defence against the invaders.
The set-up is fairly simplistic, as the family members all have a sense of dread about this gathering, knowing that it's going to be tense. Then the fiendishly efficient attackers arrive, dressed like ninjas with animal masks, well-armed with knives, machetes, hatchets and cross-bows, plus booby traps to make the house itself a killing machine. None of this is very plausible, frankly. The actors aren't quite up to the challenge of making us believe the inter-relationships, and the plot is deeply contrived. The filmmakers seem determined to make a film without a single gun, which is intriguing until people pick up a tiny steak-knife to defend themselves when the handy baseball bat would be a lot more effective.
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When the Davisons decide to embark on a vacation to a remote getaway house with their family and friends to celebrate a wedding anniversary, everything seems so perfect, peaceful and undisturbed. However, when a crossbow arrow comes flying through the window killing one of the guests, they realise that their blissful weekend has turned into a deadly nightmare when it is revealed that three axe-toting murderers in animal masks have been stalking them for days, waiting for the right moment to butcher them one by one. What they hadn't banked on was that they would become the ones watching their backs when the most unlikely guest of all, Erin, starts hunting them down.
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Despite warnings, Veronique has always known the dangers of hitchhiking but reasoning with herself that...
Wildly over-praised by audiences desperate for a scary horror movie, this film has little more...
When the Davisons decide to embark on a vacation to a remote getaway house with...