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Excellent horror with an ingenious twist,
This review is from: Static [DVD] (DVD)
After being urged to watch this by a close friend, I went into the film knowing very little about it, other than it supposedly being very good.
All I can say is wow!
**This review is for the film only**
The plot is fairly simple, this is a home invasion film a bit like "The Strangers" "Funny Games" and "The Purge" It is about a couple who have just lost their 3-year-old son to a drowning accident. During their grief, they are awoken early in the morning by a panicked young woman banging on their door, she claims that she is being chased buy strange men wearing gas masks, so the couple let her in and try to phone the police. Shortly after, the strange mask wearing men break into the couples house and carry away the terrified young woman, before turning their attentions to the grieving couple. A long nights fight for survival ensues and every-time the mask wearing men are nearby, a strange static noise seems to follow them.
The premise of this film has been done so many times before but none so as effective as this. It is worth watching very closely as the brilliant twist at the end reveals all of the little hints and clues that the film gives you throughout.
The film is well shot, well acted and is as tense as you can get.
The main villains, wearing weird looking gas masks, never speak and are just plain creepy.
Of the 3 films I likened it to earlier, The Strangers I did like but the ending was terrible and ruined the whole film for me, Funny Games was pretty good and The Purge (to say what a huge smash hit it has been) was majorly disappointing. This film which seems to have quietly slipped under most peoples radar, is better than all 3 of these others put together.
The twist at the end is so clever and unexpected that it leaves you thinking about it for days after. And at least in this film (Unlike The Strangers) everything does get explained at the death.
There are elements here of true horror and yet in some parts the film, it almost takes a sci-fi route but one thing is for sure, it is definitely fast paced and at times pretty scary and will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Definitely one of the better horror films to come out in recent times and without doubt, the best "Home invasion" movie I have seen to date.