FANTASTIC FEST: There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021)

Based on the book by Stephanie Perkins, this Patrick Brice-directed (Creep) film is exactly the kind of movie for people who wish that the 90s and early 00s slasher boom never ended. Seriously, this film has major vibes of I Know What You Did Last Summer and if that’s a good thing for you, then this is exactly the kind of comfort food that you’re going to absolutely devour.

Makani Young has moved from Hawaii to Osborne, Nebraska — there’s a secret as to why — to live with her grandmother and finish high school. Yet as the school year grows closer to graduation, the secrets of her classmates become fair game to a killer who exposes them and then murders them while wearing a 3D printed mask of his victim’s face.

Starting with an ankle slashing worthy of Pet Sematary, the film has some nice setpieces like a party where everyone reveals their shameful skeletons in an attempt to take away the power of the killer. Complicating things is that Makani’s love interest just might be the killer.

The intriguing thing is that the victims aren’t the put-upon outcasts, but the popular kids, the ones who bullied everyone in their path. And the gimmick of each person worrying that their own face will soon come their way with murder in their eyes, well, that’s a pretty great idea that’s well-used by this film, which is not shy about showing off some violent kills.

The writeup for Fantastic Fest said that this film is “Smart, woke, but utterly cynical, these kids know the tropes they’re operating within, aware of their particular chances of survival based on their race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.” And I guess there are some audiences that will cheer that sentence. There are others that enjoyed Scream and will be excited to watch a film that has the same energy. And there are still others who will yawn and just put on The Prowler again.

There’s Someone Inside Your House premiered at Fantastic Fest and will debut on Netflix on October 6,

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