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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws


Universal Pictures, Project X Entertainment, Radio Silence Productions and Wild Atlantic Pictures present an R rated, Horror, Thriller with a touch of Comedy, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, written by Stephen Shields and Guy Busick with a theater release of April 19, 2024.

When a bunch of criminals, Frank (Dan Stevens), Joey (Melissa Barrera), Sammy (Kathryn Newton), Rickles (William Catlett), Peter (Kevin Durand) and Dean (Angus Cloud) join forces with Lambert (Giancarlo Esposito) to kidnap a young ballerina named Abigail (Alisha Weir), daughter to a well-known under-world mogul (Matthew Goode) they end up getting more than they bargained for while hiding out for twenty-four hours in a far away, out of the city, mansion.

What the group doesn’t know is that Abigail is no little girl and definitely not a normal child but she is a superb ballerina. As the group of kidnappers start to get violently murdered within the house the remaining ones still alive are starting to figure out that this is no ordinary little girl. Also, they wonder if the 50-million-dollar ransom will ever become a reality for any of them. Abigail likes to eat but before she does, she likes to play with her food and this is something none of the criminals ever thought would be something they would come face to face with in their final hours. As the night goes on, one by one the criminals try to fight with what they know about such evil. What they discover along the way is one of the scariest nightmares they will ever face trapped in a home with no way out. Or is there?

I am a big horror fan and although this film had some similar aspects to past films it also stood out in some very gruesome and explosive moments. Very well directed and written, the story is somewhat predictable but it doesn’t take away from the thrill of predator and prey. It has its moments of laughter which seems to be in several scary movies these days but the writers do a nice job of making it work. One moment you’re laughing the next you’re grossed out by what sweet little Abigail has done. Sometimes a bit over-done with all the blood but hey it is a gruesome horror story. Although I liked all of the characters, my absolute favorites are the actual leads of Weir and Barrera. They absolutely leave the film open for a part 2 and I think the box office will be kind to this film. There are rats in the film but nothing exciting about them other than them acting like rats in an old mansion.

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