Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Adam Schindler
Starring: Beth Risegraf, Rory Culkin, Joshua Mikel, Martin Starr, Jack Kesy
They should have left her alone
Anna was living in a big house together with her brother Conrad, who has been crippled due to his fight with cancer. When he dies, Anna is left by himself in the house and because she suffers from a severe case of agoraphobia, her only contact with the outside world is when she gets food delivered home by a delivery guy named Danny.
She tries her hardest to get out of the house to attend her brothers funeral, but fails. Her day becomes even worse when a group of intruders breaks into her home to search it money and other valuables.
Shut In is a home invasion movie with several twists and turns. The premise of having a home invasion story set in the house of a person that is unable to leave the house is new to me and quite interesting. I guess this will be a minor spoiler, but it’s hard to discuss the film without giving something away. So if you haven’t seen the film and want to go in to it without knowing anything, then skip the rest of the review.
At one point in the film they change what we think about the Anna character. On one hand the twist does work and makes the rest of the movie interesting, but I can’t help avoiding thinking how it would have gone if they had stayed in the original lane and perhaps even explored her weaknesses even more. It’s such a unique trait on a character that I didn’t want them to change her that much during the film.
The character of Anna is the driving force of the film and that puts a lot of pressure on actress Beth Riesgraf. No worries though as she delivers a strong performance here, being able to balance the emotions of the character just right. She becomes a character that is easy to care about, regardless of what her actions become later on in the story.
The rest of the cast is also strong. The intruders have all had enough development behind them and good actors portraying them to make them become human and have different traits. Martin Starr is especially great and looks like he was made to play such a bad and demented character. He could just as easily have been a character in a Last House on the Left type of movie. Rory Culkin is also good in the role of Danny, a character we don’t really know is good or bad. It’s funny that the younger brother of Macauley Culkin is in it as Home Alone could be considered a home invasion movie, and if so it would be the most popular one!
The film is set in an old house and it looks very authentic and becomes almost like a character by itself. The guy behind making the house come alive is first time director Adam Schindler. This is a promising start for the filmmaker and hopefully he will get the chance to do more films in the near future as we always have room for more new talented movie makers in the horror genre.
Shut In is a great and solid film. Everyone involved should be proud of their achievements here, both in front and behind the camera. It has successful twists and turns, it keeps you guessing what will happen next and it got some excellent acting and compelling characters. I am not a big fan of home invasion films, but I enjoyed this a great deal. Solid movie.