A man awakens in an empty house that he is unable to leave. Battling fatigue, injury and amnesia, and guided only by a cryptic voice on his phone, he begins piecing together fractured memories of the events that led him to be trapped. With a terrifying presence confining him inside the house, he ultimately discovers a truth more horrifying than he could have ever imagined.
I was surprised that this wasn't a mindless slasher movie. I was initially just gonna check it out for that, but it turned out to be deeper and was actually a pretty good mystery. I see that this was a small budget independent. Nobody I recognized in the cast anyway. It was kinda refreshing. I enjoyed it. It had to work pretty hard to keep my attention and couldn't rely on big effects and movie stars. I appreciated it and I am giving 5 stars because the creators were creative and bold.
An extremely cerebral and cryptic thriller. Matthew Kalamane greatly succeeds in presenting an engaging view of mental illness that evokes both empathy and terror. The really amazing part of this film is how he accomplished this. Even though it is obviously a low budget film, it does not come off as cheap but rather well produced and appropriately set. Definitely worth the time if you're into psychological thrillers - have patience to get through the initial stage setting and you will be rewarded.
Awesome film! Intriguing until the very end. I appreciate the slow format, as it adds build up and gives the viewer time to consider what's really happening. Great music choices as well. it's a welcome change to be engaged by a film that explores the horrors of the mind; A difference from the usual, otherwise predictable films out there.
This film is slow and brutal. The dialogue is obviously replaced and re-recorded in a studio to the point it didn't sound authentic and the lead actor sounded like Batman in the Dark Knight the entire film. And speaking of dialogue, this film is dialogue heavy! I can only imagine how long it took to replace all of it. After forcing myself to finish this, I have no idea what the point of "The Grinn" was in this entire movie. As a cheap way to appeal to horror audiences who will most likely come to this film for the same reasons and feel anger afterward. The masked man served absolutely no purpose. This is a film about mental health and a drama in it's totality, no horror whatsoever.
There was an intimacy and mystery as a result of the focus on a single character trying to piece together with audience how he got to this point similar to recent blockbuster like girl on a train. Of course it is another genre and misses the fancy transitions that can be found with big budget films. Still I was surprised how well it worked with what it had. The development of characters, lines and cuts were done well.
I am not normally one to watch psychological horrors or movies not previously in cinema but a friend suggested this movie. I think I may try more Indy films in future
The male lead’s voice ... made my brain hurt. Even his internal dialogue is incredibly stilted. The story is pretty predictable and sort of wallows in itself. Watching this movie feels like drowning except without the good parts. I think they tried to be intense and bizarre and it just fell apart.