Great premise but this is no babdook. The psychology angle doesn't feel current almost like a lifetime movie. It's like you can tell Maria Bello is delving deep in her character and the Hollywood machine isn't even interested instead padding the film with "creepy" backstory that doesn't really add anything.
Not a bad film in terms of look and basic tension, but this film really does hopscotch around a lot of potential suspense and trades it in for emotional relevance. Normally I wouldn't be so quick to discourage that, but this is a film that could've benefited from a lot less talking. Palmer and Bello do a great job at sustaining the sympathetic end Sandberg wants, but can't do much to rescue the film's ordinariness.
An interesting concept, with some chilling visuals that had the potential to be very scary. Though, the film skirts around a creepy, mysterious atmosphere everybody wanted and instead focuses on an undercooked emotional story nobody wants at all. Stick to what makes this an interesting idea. Typical short-turned-feature situation.
Fun concept that's not milked enough for thrills. The 81-minute pace still oddly lags a bit, and doesn't push the fear and horror past a good time, into a boiling point. A lot of time is given to the character relationships, but they are predictable and routinely drawn. Its opening sequence is quite inspired, while the rest repeats its conceit, feeling dull in emotion and half-step in creativity.
This has a cool 90's vibe about it - it seemed I was watching something from when I was 14yo. With a nice acting (nothing special, but nothing dreadful) and some nice moments, it delivers what it promises: blockbuster goosebumps. I expected to be more frightened, though. Oh, and by the way: completely forgettable.
It was cool that they tried to stay away from cliche characters, but overall this was not a good movie. If we can assume that its theme was really depression and its effect on the patient and her family, the ending was a little random and confusing. Also, the bad child acting and the disappointing jumpscares didn't help the film at all. Thumbs up to Palmer and Bello though.
More than passable horror thriller that has a well constructed central plot/mythology with characters that are more than horror film clichés. Shock value is strictly PG-13 but didn't need to be much more. Teresa Palmer is quite good here with Maria Bello slumming as the depressed, haunted mom. Another entry in the main character has obviously never seen a horror film sweepstakes.