I find that it has less jump scare and more strategic survival tactics. It doesn't try too hard to scare the audience by showing a montage of big revelations unecessary to the plot. It's simple storytelling and well executed.
Why do people keep praising Mike Flanagan as a horror director to pay attention to? Everything to date has been boring and/or derivative with absolutely no excitement. This film had an interested premise, ruined by poor writing, poor performances, illogical everything, and a crazy misfire on the casting of the villain.
Another really solid, pleasingly small-scale horror effort from Flanagan. He seems to be a director with good chops and a stable understanding of visual storytelling within a confined scope: he doesn't bite off more than he can chew. I appreciated his efforts to find scares and creepiness by means other jump scares - so tempting in a home invasion film.
In one way, quite a rote thriller-horror, but creative limitation, a compelling lead and organic progression lends itself to immersive storytelling. By no means ground-breaking within its genre, but certainly competent.
Chris Stuckmann held this one in too high regard,cool for what it is but it could of been done far better in my opinion.It tries certain things in a mildly interesting way but still trips and stumbles into certain clichés that keeps it trapped within the confines of its own genre.
3.5 Actually pretty unique, and much better than most thrillers made today. Beautifully made, likable strong female lead.. definitely a worthwhile watch for people in search of present-day murdery flicks