He's Out There
Horror / Thriller
He's Out There
Horror / Thriller
On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
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October 01, 2018 at 02:53 PM
The Most Annoying Kids In A Horror Film Award Goes To.....
Wow. So, mom and girls arrive at their isolated, lakeside vacation cabin with the promise of dad showing up late the same night. However, there is a lunatic lurking in the woods and he has some plans for the family. Will anyone survive? This is your plot.
The thing that will irritate you most about this film is not the search for reasons why this lunatic is doing all this or the fact that children go into the woods and find a creepy "tea party" setup and think they should eat the food that has been laid out for who knows how long. The number one thing that will irritate you is the kids. I have never seen a film that has kids that were so down right annoying. Mom can't even begin to figure out what to do because the girls are so annoying. "Mommy!' "Mommy, No!" "Don't leave us alone!" "I'm scared!" "Mommy, you're scaring me!" It just went on and on. I was ready for this guy to take the kids out.
Aside from the kids, this isn't too bad. Location is right, timing is right and there were a couple of nice problematic scenarios setup. There isn't much of a story even for a psychopathic killer meaning you won't find any explanations as to why things are happening. So, if you are looking for it to all come together in the end, you'll be disappointed. This would've been a much better film had there been more attention to how the kids were reacting and making sure that the story made a bit more sense.
It's not just downright awful but it leaves something to be desired.
Mr killer plz make the kids shut up
This movie is actually a love story gone wrong. A masked guy with talents in pastry and painting after living for a long time alone in a forest, falls in love with Yvonne Strahovski (can you blame him?). However, is she already has two very loud hyperactive kids that ruin the movie for everyone. In a futile attempt to fix the move and give himself a very happy ending he tries to bribe the kids with cupcakes and drawings. Kids get even louder, and the audience starts rooting for the masked avenger while checking out info on contraception at their mobiles.
In the end our guy just gives up and will probably try to get it right in the next movie.
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The lurking terror
It was not as if 'He's Out There' was doomed from the get go. While horror is not my favourite genre it is still highly appreciated by me and there are numerous examples of one that are well made and genuinely scary. 'He's Out There' sounded good, was very intrigued by the concept even if it was not a creative one, and the cover/poster did give the impression of it being a creepy film.
Sadly, that wasn't to be and it does not give me any pleasure in saying that, being someone who wanted to like it because there was promise. There are certainly far worse films in the genre and overall than 'He's Out There', but count me in as another person let down by the execution of what could have been a reasonable film done competently. Not an amateurish film, yet it is a film that does more wrong than it does right.
Lets start with the things 'He's Out There' does right. It does start off well, there is a creepy and unsettling vibe which gave the impression "hey this could be a decent film" if that amount of promise was sustained throughout the rest of the film.
Yvonne Strahovski and Ryan McDonald are also redeeming qualities. Strahovski throws herself into her role and it is a committed and deeply felt lead performance that deserved a much better film. McDonald does have moments of menace and creepiness as the one character the film tries to slightly develop.
However, 'He's Out There' is ruined by everything else not working. Do have to agree with everybody regarding the children, have not in a long time seen child performances this irritating and it completely diminished any sympathy one should feel for the family, which one doesn't do because they are so flimsily developed and the chemistry is so bland and unnatural. 'He's Out There' also falls downhill in quality quite quickly and too early, the opening was intriguing and unsettling but the rest of the film suffered from being far too predictable and lacking in tension and suspense to be scary (the scares are also infrequent and all are obvious and with nothing to them) and too dull in pace and dreary in atmosphere to be interesting. The bizarre-ness is taken too far and becomes annoying and confused, coherence is compromised, while the ending is contrived and can be seen from miles off.
The one character 'He's Out There' tries to slightly develop as said is the killer, even then his motivations are far too vague for him to be properly interesting. McDonald does do well in the acting stakes but the mask itself just looks silly/goofy rather than creepy. The writing is both cheesy and awkward, the direction is leaden, the characters are too underdeveloped or irritating with vague motivations and illogical character behaviours and the murkiness of the production values look more cheap than atmospheric.
Concluding, had a few strengths but lacking in many departments. A regrettably weak disappointment though there is far worse out there. 3/10 Bethany Cox