review – don’t breathe

Don’t Breathe is a spine-tingling home invasion genre movie that will have you on the edge of your seat! A box office hit, this film makes great use of the simple sets, laying down a thick blanket of suspense in the process. The movie comes to you from director Fede Alvarez, who recently helmed the 2013 reboot of the classic Evil Dead franchise, bringing a fresh voice that seemed to resonate well with fans old and new. Sam Raimi helped produce the film that was based on a nice, tightly woven screenplay by Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues.

The film starts with a group of misguided young people who decided to rob the home of an elderly man. But the tables are turned on them when they discover the dark secret the homeowner was keeping locked in his basement. What the group finds actually engendered a legit surprise, and the writers do a great job of keeping the suspense up throughout. Perhaps the strongest praise that could be given to the film is the palpable sense of dread that they invoke. Pedro Luque’s cinematography goes a long way in setting those eerie tones, with Roque Banos score adding a great compliment to the mood. This movie is one of the better horror films in a long time, and I think film-goers will be presently surprised by the quality of this low-budget horror piece. And, if you’re not the most hardcore horror fan, this film has enough depth to be a fun date night film, with plenty of scares to go around.

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