I knew They’re Inside (2019) was a copy of sorts of The Strangers (2008) before I watched it, which probably should’ve deterred me, but I hoped for the best. I thought “found footage” films were over in 2015, it turns out I was wrong. And true to many films like this, it has “real” acting (I don’t know what else to call it).

12 minutes in, and I’m bored

They're InsideBesides elements from The Strangers, They’re Inside has similar things from 13 Cameras (2015) and a dash of Blair Witch Project (1999). Those bits didn’t make it any better for the first 50 minutes. After the greatness of the opening sequence, it’s many bland scenes and stories that I’ve seen acted out better on any police drama on TV. Even the setting is overdone and boring (a remote cabin in the woods). At least they killed the fucking annoying guy at the beginning. I held to that with hopes there’d be more.

They’re Inside has confusing jumps to the present because they were out of nowhere. Then they added wild animal scenes to add a bizarre Wild Kingdom (1963-88); those were entertaining at least and made sense.

Interested again for a minute at 25 minutes

The woman coming to the house asking to get her air freshener gave me hope again that I hadn’t wasted too much time out of my life, but the creepiness of it didn’t last long. Nope, I had to wait another 25 minutes for the beginning of the slasher moments, though during that time, the suspense did start to build.

Something that surprised me was the male nudity. Usually, in horror, we see breasts galore. Not in They’re Inside. And what happens to this naked man is fantastic. The psychological aspects of this film pick up at the same time with a super weird twist at the end that tried to save the movie from the blandness.

2.5 Stars

Except for the ending, there’s nothing new to see with They’re Inside. I’m not a fan of it, though it does have some interesting pieces and parts. I give this one 2.5 out of 5 Stars.

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