Laura, traumatized by an abusive relationship, runs away from her former husband with her seven-year-old son Cody. But in their new, idyllic and remote sanctuary, they find they have another, bigger and more terrifying monster to deal with…

  • Released: 2022-05-13
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Christina Ricci, Santino Barnard, Don Baldaramos, Colleen Camp, Lew Temple, Carol Anne Watts, Peter Hodge, Nick Vallelonga, Sally Elbert, Rachael Edlow, Philip V. Bruenn
  • Director: Chris Sivertson
  • okpilak - 21 February 2024
    Immerse yourself in the 1950's.
    The star of the movie is the performance of Christina Ricci. The supporting star is the immaculate Chevy station wagon. It is more of a psychological thriller than a horror movie. She flees with her son to an out of the way farmhouse to get away from her abusive husband. Her son Cody hates being there, and wants to go back to his father. She is renting a furnished farmhouse from an older couple who seem not all that accepting of her being there, especially the wife. And Cody seems to make no friends at school. Cody is entranced by something in the lake. And he comes to consider it a she, and it becomes his best friend and enters the house. The special effects are actually done quite well. In the house, lights sometimes flicker, the TV goes out and she even gets locked out of the house. All strange things, but some of what she sees is not real, like the furniture melting. There are a lot of 1950's songs, and one does feel one is back in the 1950's. The color palate of the movie supports that, and even TV shows and commercials. But the movie all rests upon the performance of Ricci. There really is nothing else.
  • thalassafischer - 13 April 2023
    What a Stupid Person Thinks the 1950s Was Like
    Okay so I wasn't alive in the 1950s but I was alive in the 20th century and I knew MANY people who were adults in the 1950s (my mother was a child then) and even people in my teens who were middle aged by the '50s.

    This movie is TRASH. It's like what an 11 year old in 1985 thought the 1950s were like. Christina Ricci is supposed to be one of those weird crazy uptight white women who act fake and have "perfect" houses BUT EVEN WOMEN LIKE THAT DO NOT ACT LIKE THIS. Okay, because I've met those women too and they don't take naps in their sweater set and heels while they're alone in the house by the tv with just their elementary school aged son. No one is so committed to beauty and conformity that they sit around the house after a day of work and childcare in an uncomfortable Women's Day Weekly/June Cleaver outfit without taking their shoes off or removing their tiny sweater.

    And yes I GET that the mom keeps tugging at her sweater because she's neurotic but realistically it's too small - even for the time period - and/or she's too top-heavy to wear that style. And maybe that's intentional too, maybe the director really wants to show that this woman is such a neurotic conformist that she wears outfits that don't even fit comfortably on her body type but like there are normal women at her work that just look relaxed and human, this is all just too much.

    I get what the director was going for but I couldn't accept the utter lack of intelligence and detriment of skill of which is was carried out. It seems like some trash vehicle to show off someone's obsession with 50s vintage garb, like Crimson Peak is to the Victorian Era.