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2016, Horror - Slasher

Don’t Breathe (2016)

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Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Fede Alvarez
Writers/Script Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Starring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

Elevator Pitch: A trio of young people who have been robbing houses in Detroit, using keys held by the father of one who is a security boss, hear of a blind man  who has received a fortune because his daughter had been killed in a road accident.  Once inside the house they find themselves having to take on the man, who despite his blindness is a fearsome adversary,and in the search for the money find secrets in the cellar. Will they escape alive?

Content: The young woman wishes to escape for a better life with her young sister. The group are dissatisfied with the returns from their robberies, hence the wish to steal actual cash. Once in the house they stumble about in the dark, horrified when they find themselves locked in and pursued by the blind man, who, despite being blind seems to be able to shoot fairly accurately, and has an agenda beyond protecting his property, due to the secret in the cellar.

A View: There is no sex or nudity, but a bit of smoking and drinking and an event involving a turkey baster.  Despite the fact that there are plot holes we went along with it all quite happily (if happily is the right word). It made twice its estimated production cost on its first weekend – an outstanding achievement. Was this because the director has previously directed “The Evil Dead” which had achieved a cult following. Anyway, today well worth the cost of a download. A sequel is in production (2019).

Additional Info: The trio drive about in a scrappy blue metallic Chevrolet Camaro. An excellent choice. Cars are often miscast in my view.

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