In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.
Viewers often find it hard to place the era this film occurs as the webpage the character of Luke designs is quite outdated looking by about fifteen years, and none of the main characters ever bring out a cellular phone at any point. Ti West explains that the film takes place in "present day" - Luke's style of web design is to convey how inexperienced and unimaginative he is, and the fact the characters never bring out phones is explained as "They probably have them but never need to use them". See more »
The inhaler Claire puffs on throughout the movie when having trouble breathing has a tan colored delivery system. In actuality, this type of inhaler is used at specific times for overall bronchial and nasal health. The type of inhaler that Claire would have used for stress-induced shortness of breath would have had a different colored body, usually red. One might argue, however, that if Claire had mixed up her inhalers this could have contributed to her passing out or hallucinating. See more »
This movie had a lot of potential with an interesting hook and great location but failed to deliver all around.
A horror movie relies on tension and atmosphere to build fear. This movie takes a very long and tedious time establishing characterization instead of mood. Unfortunately, the two main characters and in fact all the characters in the very small cast are so two-dimensional and stereotypical that all that time was thoroughly wasted. To add insult to injury, there is even a cheap jump scene at the beginning that breaks what little mood is established by the opening credits and pans of the set. When the movie finally reaches its climax, it still is not scary or horrific. It just falls flat. The ending was unsatisfying as well with no real resolution or twist.
It's just good enough to keep you watching and waiting for something to happen, but it never does.
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