The Movie: 7/10
I’m always up for creepy flicks that offer up at least one scene that makes me go, “oooohhh ick….” It’s a hard thing to define though. I mean, what elements crawl into the back of my mind that scratch that itch for something unnaturally uncomfortable? I can tell you this, while Don’t Breath isn’t one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, it has THAT MOMENT! I won’t tell you what it is, but I’m guessing that when you watch it, you’ll know.
I’ll run down the story, but you still won’t ever guess THAT MOMENT. We meet three jerks who want to break into a blind man’s house and steal $300,000. Why they think it will be there, just a pile of cash lying around, I have no idea. I just had to widen my bubble of belief a lot with this movie, not in bad way exactly, but a lot more than I had expected. So, they want to steal the money. He’s blind. That about covers it. They seem pretty savvy in the area of how to commit crimes, and they have a budding attorney among their little trio of 20-something delinquents, but they still seem completely stupid most of the time. My bubble of belief needs to grow more to include the idea that they actually are convinced that someone in their own house, a blind person, will not hear every single rattle, creek, and clump. Bubble is growing.
We know they get in, it’s in the trailer and on the box, no spoilers here. They get in and proceed to steal the money, or find the money, or find something so gross and terrible it turns this story down the street from just being a home invasion thing into something a lot more disturbing. All this is why I kind of liked the movie. It is full of flaws and bullshit, but I got comfortable in my bubble and it was all just part of the ride. The performances are good, lots of being scared and quiet, which is a nice change of pace from any big screamer flicks. The sound effects are amazing, and the look of the whole thing made me want to never go into an old house ever again, so I guess that’s a success.
I can’t say this is a scary movie. I mean, I was scared for a couple of the characters for a minute or two, not like in a horror flick way, but because the idea of what they have had to go through is terrifying. The lesson to learn is DO NOT go into anyone’s house uninvited, especially if you want to steal something and especially if the person is a blind veteran who knows more about how to kill you in the dark than you know how to not be killed in the dark.
- Audio Commentary – A technical fun commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Stephen Lang.
- No Escape (3 Minutes) – A quick look at the house used in the movie and how the dark basement scene was filmed.
- Man In The Dark (3 Minutes) – A look at Stephen Lang and his portrayal of the Blind Man.
- Meet The Cast (4 Minutes) – A look at the all the cast.
- Creating The Creepy House (4 Minutes) – Set construction of the house. It’s actually a sound stage.
- The Sounds Of Horror (2 Minutes) – The sound is as much as a star as the cast, here we take a look at what it took to achieve it.
- Deleted Scenes (15 Minutes) – Eight deleted scenes with optional commentary with Fede Alvarez.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 7.5/10
I actually like this cover. It’s got that “What the heck is going on?” factor. I would have it as a poster, maybe a mini poster in the hallway, but hey, that’s saying a lot since I really don’t like most of these cover images.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Don’t breathe is a very dark movie but that does not stop the 1080P AVC transfer from holding its own. Fine detail really shows with makeup and skin detail being especially impressive. A scene in a pitch black basement looks incredible even with no natural light at all. This is a fantastic looking film that holds its own on Blu-ray.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless track is also impressive with a serious amount of aggressive LFE channel throughout the film. Dialog is clear and prioritized and music often circles the listener in an eerie fashion. The sound is designed to unnerve you and that is exactly what it does.
Overall Score 7/10