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The mood is so thoroughly established that it's a shame writer/director Pål Øie didn't put more effort into a cohesive screenplay. True to its psychological nature, this is a story of misdirection and secrecy, with scenes that are both vague and understated. At times, we're not even sure if what we're seeing is really happening. Some great movies have been made in much the same way, so I'm puzzled as to why it doesn't work in "Hidden." Maybe it's because the plot is grounded in events and facts that can't be interpreted figuratively, which means there's no adequate way to so freely shift back and forth between fantasy and reality. Or maybe it's because virtually every buildup scene ends with a fizzle instead of a bang, at which point we start second-guessing ourselves as to what actually took place.
The story begins in 1989. From the middle of the woods emerges a filthy, frightened young boy, who's clearly running away from something.Read more ›
Beyond being a suspensful movie, Skjult is an absolute treat for the eyes. The film couldn't have been shot with more amazing settings, from foreboding country homes to a beautiful but sinister forest. The cinematography is excellent, particularly with the Norwegian woods as a backdrop for the movie. While the entire dialogue is Norwegian with English subtitles, you'd still understand the story even with the captions off.
Writer and director Pål Øie is Norway's answer to Guillermo del Toro, as Skjult is almost in the same vein as movies like the Devil's Backbone or the Orphanage. Øie did an excellent directing job, though it certainly helped that Kristoffer Joner worked out great as the film's lead. I loved the lighting used in Skjult, although it was a bit too similar to Saw and other conventional horror effects (flickering fluorescent lights). I also could have gone without the scenes thrown in just to get the audience to jump; they simply didn't fit with this type of film.
Don't let the generic horror DVD cover fool you, this is a solid psychological horror film. Halfway through, you think you know the film's conclusion... or do you? I definitely recommend getting this DVD.
The story starts in 1989, when a young boy in the woods, sees his parents killed when their car is struck by a truck. Flashing forward some 19 years to the present, a man named Kai Koss (Kristoffer Joner) has returned home to settle his mother's affairs upon her death. While at the morgue viewing her body, Koss is informed by a former acquaintance, a policewoman named Sara (Cecilie Mosli) that he has inherited her house.
Koss returns to the house, which triggers traumatic memories of abuse at the hands of his mother. The film strikes with a series of jump scares, as Sara arrives on the scene in time to stop Koss from possibly destroying the house. Koss checks into a hotel, where he meets Miriam (pop singer Karin Park) a disquieting member of the staff, and checks into a room with an image of the woods incorporated into the wall covering on one wall. Coincidentally, he runs into Sara for the third time that day in the hotel bar.
In the middle of the night, a restless Koss leaves the hotel to visit his mother's house again. There he sees that a young couple has apparently broken in, and intends to stay for the night. Koss returns to his hotel, only to be summoned back to his mother's house the following morning by Sara, who informs him that some campers are missing, and were last seen around his mother's home.Read more ›
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The Language is NOT English------ Language IS Spanish
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I watched most of this movie last night but I didn't finish it because I got tired of reading the subtitles. It was actually scary, suspenseful & a little creepy as well. Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by DeniseJ Holder
This movie, (in my opinion) Has the BEst Artwork, out of all 8 of the film's. And Knowing me, i am a sucker, for The Artwork, on movies. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Kaelan
Would have nice Amazon if you would have stated this was a foreign film with English subtitles! Maybe you should write the product description in a foreign language too!!!Published on December 12, 2010 by M.A. Smith
Hidden is one of the creepiest and most beautiful horror movies I have ever seen. The broken down house is as dark and eerie you have ever seen, the mist covered forest that... Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by Scott Eilers
In short, the movie tells a story of a guy who comes home to resolve his dead mother's estate, and in so doing uncovers terrible secrets of his past that may or may not intersect... Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by The Tao of Netflix
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