Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe ★★★½

Number 7 of 31 for my October Horror Month

Don't Breathe felt like a great exercise in technical horror filmmaking rather than a genuinely frightening movie. It's tense, but I was curiously disinterested with the concept and the way the story played out. Though it's all very impressive, certainly. You could feel the turning of the screws and the way the suspense is heightened is a lot of fun. The blocking of the actors is really smartly organized, and the way they play with light and darkness is so precise. I suppose you could say I appreciated the craft behind the scares, but the scares didn't get to me as much as I would have liked.

And I suppose this is sort of like a reverse Home Alone, where we follow a group of young intruders who enter a house and are overpowered and outsmarted by the older, wily occupant.

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