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As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

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As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$8,189,166 (USA) (22 February 2013)

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$17,411,930 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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During their first Walkie Talkie session Jesse states the Sandman would not come after Sam insisting that he would be his target. This is a hint towards the aliens motive later on. See more »

Goofs

While Lacy is on the phone after waking up from her blackout, and her boss calls her, while talking she looks at the phone to see the time, and the screen is what it should be when in a call on an iPhone. But then when the camera switches from her point of view to a third person perspective, she lifts the phone to her ear, and the charging battery icon can be seen briefly, along with the slider that shows on the lock screen, which wouldn't happen while on the phone. See more »

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Title Card: Two possibilities exist... Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
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Double Penetration
Written by Shawn Lee
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Lacks decency with a minority of scares
22 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now, I'm usually generous with movie ratings and to anyone reading this take into mind that this is coming from a fan of the horror genre. I went into this movie not expecting much to be honest. The trailer was mediocre and the only thing I had to look forward to was the subject of aliens (since that interests me). There were some good aspects to the story that I believe are more toward the end or final quarter of the film, but a lot of the plot is extremely cliché. The look of the aliens really couldn't be any more cliché. They did a decent job not showing them for most of the film which adds a bit of suspense which I like, but when you get to see how they actually look it's just... meh. The acting wasn't exactly good. I don't want to blame the actors since the writing was awful. Still, these actors won't be up for Oscars anytime soon. The decent actors were the teenage son and the dad (if I had to chose) to be honest. The mom and the child (at times) were kind of annoying, but as I said I don't want to blame the actors, but the script. The directing was bad, and seeing that the director's past films were Legion and Priest that shouldn't lead to any surprises. I feel that I'm being a bit rude, but to honestly say that this film was bad is my straight up feeling of it. There was too much unintended laughter that ruined the tone, and once again the script made the actors look cheap. At some points there was some tension and suspense, but other than that everything is predictable. The ending was expected, and I left unsatisfied. There were probably two scenes that were actually okay scary-wise, but they're short and barely notice-able compared to the amount of attempts throughout the film. Overall rating is 4/10, that's all I can give it. Even a 5 feels too generous to be honest.


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