Sunday, October 16, 2011

Don't Let Him In

Director: Kelly Smith
No Rating, 2011 1hr, 15mins.
Coldwood Productions/Straightwire Films

From IMDb: Two couples spend a weekend in the country, only to cross paths with a brutal serial killer. As the body count rises, suspicion spirals into paranoia, climaxing in a terrifying battle for survival.

Right from the start, this movie is based in the UK. It's not until you are about 10 minutes in, do you hear the accents. The film starts off with the sound of grunting, moaning, cuts through bone and flesh. The screen continuously fades in and out, only showing a little bit at the time, which appears to be a dark area, filled with dirty tools hanging, body parts on the floor and a woman sitting on the ground moaning and throwing up. She breaks free and ends up out of the cave and in the middle of the forest. 
The storyline then jumps to "two days earlier" and you see the woman in a safe kitchen. Without giving too many details, the movie progresses and like the description from IMDb, two couples make their way to a family cottage, in the woods. 

While watching this movie, I was interested and kept guessing at who the killer was. They did a good job, making you believe it was this guy, then that guy, and then even another  possible person. When the couples arrive at the cottage, the local police inform them that there is a strange fellow roaming the woods, who the press had began calling the "Tree Surgeon", because after mutilating his victims he would hang them from branches in the woods. This did not discourage the 4 from wanting to go back to the city.
A few things made me laugh, is that they were so far out in the woods yet cell phones worked. But when they needed them to work, to call for help, there was no reception. From the scenes of sewing up someone with fishing line, to the young art student sitting calmly sketching a dismembered body in a tree, I found this movie to include some nice suspense filled parts, but overall it was really, just bizarre. 
The dialogue was crazy in some parts, the acting from a group of unknowns didn't enhance the movie either. 
It was a good movie, to waste time on a Sunday afternoon, but I don't think I would add this to my collection for later viewing. 
Unfortunately, I have to rate this movie a 2/5. 

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