I remember one of the things that stood out when I reviewed the excellent Room earlier this year, outside of Brie Larson exceptional performance, was just how good an actor the young Jacob Tremblay actually is. He has that incredible diversity as a young actor to take on a whole range of different roles and pull them off well. And lately he has been trying his hand at horror, with Before I Wake and now also Shut In. He doesn’t look so innocent anymore now.
Now, as horror trailers go, this film seems to be pretty much middle of the road in achieving its scares through usual jump scare tactics, but the underlying story behind it is quite deep. The film stars Naomi Watts whose character has to deal with a son who lies in a catatonic state, the grief of losing her husband and now also having a child in her care go missing. It certainly sounds more like the setup for a juicy dramatic performance and I’m actually hoping the film will attempt to dive into this more than just scare its audience.
Not that I don’t love a good horror story, but to achieve a good scare is rare these days and it would make more sense for director, Farren Blackburn to target this angle instead. The film also seems to tackle the usual is she haunted or crazy motif as well, which only heightens the need for this film to pursue out other angles to differentiate from the competition.
Shut In I based on a screenplay by Christina Hodson is due for release in the US November 11th of the year.
You can read the official synopsis below:
SHUT IN is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
Last Updated: September 2, 2016