Peckover’s sharp directing keeps things nicely nasty without ever going too far over the top — though it’s possible some gore-averse Scrooges may disagree. If you want to gift yourself a holiday film that decks the halls with blood, this is one to put under the tree.
I got into this movie without knowing too much about it,i only watched first 20-30 seconds of the trailer and realised that it is a home invasion type of a **** boy was i wrong.I am really glad that i didnt finish watching the trailer because i think it reveals too much.Movie really suprised me in a positive way and i enjoyed it WAAAAYY more than i thought i would.Cast was amasing,especially Levi Miller.I dont want to include spoilers here so i wont go into story too **** a pretty good horror/comedy christmas movie that has a lot of foreshadowing of Scream,Home Alone and The Strangers that i found really nice.Highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a decent psychological horror **** is definitely going to my christmas movies list!! And also please watch this movie without watching the trailer first or reading too much about it,the twist is really big and you will be shocked if you dont know too much about it.
This was in my top 3 movies for 2019, behind Freaks and Joker. I was seriously left with knots in my stomach by the end. Roger Corman said once that rule #1 is to have a good script, and this one is excellent. This movie was a real surprise. It steadily ratchets up tension little by little like a pressure cooker. It was very well photographed, the lighting and color pallette were extremely well organized. The camera is always in exactly the right spot, moving when it should, the way it should. The performances were all very effective, a real accomplishment considering the age and experience level of everyone involved. All in all I was really impressed by this thrilling little movie.
Delightfully unpredictable and surprisingly shocking, this is the kind of wintry wickedness that will see you through both Halloween and Christmas, especially if you like those holiday flavors together.
Co-writer and director Chris Peckover clearly knows his way around both the holiday and horror genres, and while this isn’t the first time someone has blended the two, it is one of the more-effective efforts. It’s scary and fun, if your idea of fun involves occasional gore and torture, things like that.
What starts out looking like a prank run amuck gradually grows more sinister, with director Chris Peckover (“Undocumented”) nicely handling the swerves toward dramatic peril and fatal consequences while still maintaining a confectionary “family entertainment” veneer of antic doings in a glossy suburban setting.
This is a high-calibre accomplishment. New Yorker once praised Stephen King's genius as evident in his ability to make unbelievable stories believable. And this is what happens here. And by doing that, in an original story and formulation, we are faced with a brave depiction of our psychology.. as the characters transcend into psychological constructs in each of us. And facing our own so vividly is truly horrifying.
Surprising, well-acted which is something incredible, consistent, well-directed, funny and humorous and I can say that despite its simplicity it manages to catch you and give you something a little bit more different than what you expected.
Nothing remarkable but for 88 minutes is entertaining enough.
What a weird mess of a movie. The "twist" was telegraphed quite poorly and the film lacked tension. Plus, the way it was shot and edited made everything feel grossly sexual, in a really tawdry way. Shut it off halfway through.
It's been a while since a movie's made me feel physically ill, to the point where I wish this movie came with a warning- "Viewers must like torture porn & deplorable characters". I love horror and sinister characters, but I'm having a hard time thinking of anyone finishing this movie and saying 'Wow, that was a BLAST!'. It's not. It was hard to sit through, and it only sunk lower. Filmmakers have a choice to consider their audience, and even if a story is told well: Is it WORTH telling? Is there comeuppance? The blow at the end of the movie that leaves audiences with a sense of satisfaction? In the case of Better Watch Out, no, there isn't.