On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Terror Is Lurking
Release Year: 2018 | Runtime: 1h 29min | Rating: 2 out of 5
He’s Out There Review
I swear people in the land of horror films live in a realm where there are no horror films. How many times can people make the same stupid decisions when they have a killer on their back? Stop hesitating and kill that jerk! He deserves it considering the terror he is putting you through.
Laura is taking her two daughters to their lake house for the weekend. Unfortunately, the father won’t arrive until later that night. When they arrive, a neighbour helps Laura open the gate while also informing her the boy that lived in the house years ago went missing and was strange (just let us in on the secret why don’t you).
While playing outside, the little girls follow a red string into the woods where they find something. This is when the terror begins. (Supposedly.)
I thought this could have been good with the way the film begins, but it just goes straight downhill. There is entirely way too much running in and out of the house while crying. I got bored with it. I’m guessing the writers were trying to keep the story vague in order to make you even more afraid of the antagonist, however, it just felt like there was no story at all. There are a ton of killers in the horror game, tell me why this one is different? Why is he so demented? Anything to take away the vagueness would have helped. Leatherface is iconic because he is a savage!
Vagueness just doesn’t always work. With that being said, one good example of vague story that works is When A Stranger Calls (2006). You don’t see Tommy Flannagan until the end, but damn. You will not forget the look on his face. It gave me chills. The opening of When A Stranger Calls also sets you up for a savage killer to give you nightmares even though you don’t see a thing.
Anyways, I will give this film credit for creating a really scary looking guy. That mask is horrifying; however, it is very similar to The Collector. All in all, the film didn’t do anything original. I’d skip this movie and watch When A Stranger Calls or The Collector.
He’s Out There only gets two rotten cupcakes.
V. Castro is a Mexican American writer living in London. She is the author of Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of The Keepers and the forthcoming erotic novella, The Erotic Modern Life of Malinalli The Vampire. When not caring for her children she is writing, exploring London and watching way too much telly. www.vvcastro.com