Viewed – 01 August 2017 Online-rental
I kept hearing very good things about this relatively under-the-radar horror-thriller so thought I’d check it out. A black guy goes to spend the weekend with his white girlfriend’s family but not long after arriving he starts to feel there is something rather strange about these people. Is it simply paranoia or is there really something sinister afoot?
Think of this like a more seriously creepy version of Meet The Parents. I quickly began to get absorbed by the concept and the racial tension take was refreshing. British actor Daniel Kaluuya (Psychoville) proves an effective lead and support from Catherine Keener and Allison Williams were also decent. It’s what makes this work so well; a strong cast and a foreboding, well handled sense of dread and eeriness. The eventual revelation of what is really going on is also pretty damn disturbing. Comic relief from motor-mouthed newcomer LilRel Howery felt a little out of place but still kind of worked and although not a horror in the traditional sense, this holds up a compelling reflection of modern racism and social classes that is surprisingly scary and probably still relevant.
It descends into typical horror survival territory towards the end despite maintaining a freaky atmosphere (with echoes of The Wicker Man). However, along with good use of foreshadowing, solid performances and leaving this viewer with plenty to think about post-credits … this remains one to see.
Verdict: 4 /5