The Reel Review

B+

A deaf-mute novelist (Kate Siegel) finds her self-imposed life of seclusion in the woods up-ended when a psychotic killer inexplicably appears. With no one around to help her, she must use her wits to survive. Despite a healthy dose of horror clichés, co-writer/director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) delivers a straightforward, surprisingly fast-paced, heart-pounding, well-acted and gruesomely realistic thriller that borrows just enough from such horror films as Scream, Friday the 13th, Halloween and the 1967 Audrey Hepburn classic Wait Until Dark, that combined, creates a unique thriller in its own right. Flanagan’s wife Siegel, who in addition to starring, also served as a co-writer, is excellent.

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