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The Beach House

2019 / 88m - USA
Horror, Mystery
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A small and inconspicuous looking horror film that starts off somewhat tepid and doubty, but builds up surprisingly well. The first 30 minutes are quite slow and the actors aren't really A-grade, which doesn't muster up too much confidence in the rest of the film, but stick with it and you might be surprised.

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There's a feeling of dread from the very beginning, but because of the slow start it never feels like it's going to materialize into something tangible. That quickly changes once the film starts revealing its true nature during the middle part. Things get weird really fast and because the intro didn't reveal anything of note, you'll be struggling to keep up.

Brown really drives up the tension during the second half and keeps it alive until the very end. A mix of sci-fi, body horror and nature's revenge blends together to create a very creepy and disorienting atmosphere. Actors are pushed to the background and what remains is a moody and freaky horror film. Pretty good.

The Unheard

2023 / 125m - USA
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Familiar territory. Blind people regaining their sight or deaf people regaining their hearing: it's a perfect recipe for mysterious hauntings. The Unheard goes down this very route, the only real issue is that it takes more than two hours to get to the end of it. Way too long for this type of film.

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Chloe undergoes an experimental treatment, hoping she'll be able to hear again. She stays in the summer house of her dad for the time being. The experiment is a big success, but the remoteness of the area starts to get to Chloe and she hears voices that appear to belong to her lost mother.

The performances are decent, but the drama is light, the film isn't quite scary enough and the plot is spread too thin in order to reach the ridiculous runtime. If they'd managed to wrap it up in 90 minutes it would've been fairly pleasant genre filler. It's not a terrible film though, just a bit deluded.