(This review may contain spoilers).
I came out of this movie with some very mixed feelings, if I’m honest. I actually liked the start, with the focus on the miniature house. I felt that added a bit more of a unique element that really could have been utilised more throughout the movie.
I did struggle to connect emotionally with Annie in this movie. She could have been a much more sympathetic character – I felt more empathy for her husband and, even though something really horrible happened as a result of his actions, the character I felt the most for was Peter. I would have liked it better if the movie had focused on Peter – or even his father – as the main character and not a woman who forced her thirteen-year-old daughter to go to a party where there were much older teenagers.
I wouldn’t have said this movie was really a horror. Although there were some really gross, disturbing scenes, none of those were anything I’d seen before.
Throughout most of this movie, it felt really surreal, which could have been played with so much better – but I felt like it was just an excuse for some absolutely ridiculous things to happen. Even by the end, I was left with more questions than answers – it felt like the movie had tried to follow paths to two different directions that really didn’t work when merged together.
I felt there was a distinct lack of foreshadowing and any real setup through this movie. By the end, I was actually rolling my eyes at the cliched horror scenes that really detracted from a movie that had a lot of potential.
I felt this movie tried too hard to have a complicated storyline and there was too much reliance on character exposition. Personally, I won’t be watching this movie again – and I wouldn’t have compared it to the Exorcist.