An impressive, brisk terror tale begins normal enough without too much of an indication of what frenzy is to follow for an unsuspecting author and her daily encounters with a stranger in the house.
Written by and starring, Brea Grant as May, we meet her being somewhat rejected by a publisher regarding her new book, but previous success counteracts any immediate doubt.
She seemingly has a loving husband Ted (Dhruv Uday Singh) whilst living comfortably in a beautiful, open plan suburban abode.
All is rosy until one night whilst hearing a peculiar noise, May spots a mysterious figure staring in from outside before he enters and attacks.
When rushing to wake up Ted, he alarmingly dismisses any urgency to protect his wife, while mumbling in a half-asleep manner when half-heartedly grabbing a golf club from behind the door;
‘That’s the man. The man who comes to our house every night and tries to kill us‘.
Weirdness elevates daily during repetitive events of near murder from an unknown home invader without any explanation or sensibility of, why?
Ted knows all about it, brushing off real concern, patronising his wife.
He eventually bails on May, leaving her to defend for herself.
It turns out they have a fractured marriage, but that’s no excuse for him to leave or not answer calls in the wake of a madman breaking and entering.
Slasher style intensity builds. The criminal changes up his entry times, May becomes prepared and equipped to kill him after a trip to the hardware store, however the body evaporates, disappearing almost immediately without trace after every death blow.
Multiple calls to police do little to identify the masked house stalker while eventually, they appoint a state social worker to visit May as she looks from their angle that she may be losing her mind.
The premise remains interesting throughout, I will keep the rest of proceedings spoiler-free.
Brea Grant has an astonishing almost solo horror final girl role in which she harnesses to perfection, knowing the character’s strengths and weaknesses keeping momentum believable including dealing with marriage issues. Is she just hysterical or is this mind-bending scenario real?
Directed with creepy pizazz by Natasha Kermani, another unique Shudder exclusive, that will not disappoint.
Horror, Thriller | USA, 2020 | 15 | 4th March 2021 | Shudder | Dir.Natashi Kermani | Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Kristina Klebe, Dhruv Uday Singh, Kausar Mohammed.