The Horror Honeys: The Evil Living: Fede Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe'

The Evil Living: Fede Alvarez's 'Don't Breathe'

A WEB EXCLUSIVE Revenge Honey New Release Review by Linnie

Don't Breathe (2016)

In this age of media over-saturation, avoiding trailers has become an important part of the devoted movie-going experience. Before an audience has even had a chance to see a film, odds are solid that they've been subjected to so many different cuts of a trailer, that they have practically seen the entire film (cough cough Suicide Squad cough cough). When it comes to horror movies, however, skipping trailers is paramount to actually having any chance of enjoying yourself once you sit down in the theater.

So if you've seen the trailer for Fede Alvarez's Don't Breathe, stop. Don't watch it again. And try to forget what you saw already. The best thing you can do is go into the movie blind (pun intended), like I did, because Don't Breathe is like absolutely nothing you've seen before.

In the best possible way.

The Story: Rocky (Jane Levy) is desperate to take her little sister and get the hell out of Detroit (duh). In a last ditch effort to escape, Rocky, her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto), and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette), opt to rob a blind man (Stephen Lang) who is apparently hiding $300k in his house. But it doesn't take long for the trio to discover the blind man is a hell of a lot more than he seems, and getting out of the house with the money may be the least of their worries.

"He's like a blind Michael Myers," said one audience member.
Apt analogy.
In an attempt to avoid spoilers, this will likely be a short review. I will say that having now watched the trailer and read the film's IMDb page, both don't accurately represent the film in any discernible way. This isn't a bad thing; it just means you will be even more surprised by what the film has to offer, which is to say... a lot. Written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, Don't Breathe is only a home invasion film in that a home invasion literally drives the action forward, but that isn't where the tension comes from. Alvarez and Sayagues crafted a script that has constant, plausible twists and turns, all of which keep the level of pressure constant and at times, almost painful.

EVERYONE is afraid of the dark. Don't lie.
The performances in Don't Breathe are spectacular, and given that the film is carried almost exclusively by three actors, this is important. Jane Levy, who also starred in Alvarez's entry in the Evil Dead series, has proven that she is a truly formidable actress, not just in horror, but in general. Her role here requires levels of brutality and pure insanity above and beyond what most actors could handle, and she dives in without an ounce of vanity. Dylan Minnette, who has bounced back and forth between children's (Goosebumps) and adult fare (Prisoners), is a fantastic and likable lead, grounding the audience with a moral center in a film full of questionable choices. And Stephen Lang as "The Blind Man," well... without giving anything away, let's just say the man makes "silent, hulking, and violent" terrifying again.

Don't Breathe is being hailed as one of the best horror movies of the last twenty years, and while this kind of hyperbole is generally just that, in the case of Don't Breathe, it's accurate. Fede Alvarez has crafted a smart, simple, and bone-chilling horror film that will linger with you long after the final shot. Don't walk. Run, to Don't Breathe.

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 turkey basters out of 5

Don't Breathe opens in theaters on Friday, August 26th, with preview screenings on Thursday!

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