Don't Leave Home (2018)
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Don't Leave Home Plot Synopsis:An American artist's obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story's origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.
Don't Leave Home (2018) Review
Michael Tully directed Don’t Leave Home (2018) is a horror film that starts extremely creepy and eerie. Don’t Leave Home is like a recreation of Gothic horror from Europe dating back to the 70s with all of its merits.
Melanie Thomas (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is an artist who travels to Ireland after a bad review lands her in a tough spot for money. One of the most questionable points is that Melanie was not allowed to tell anyone of her trip. Melanie is fascinated by an Irish urban legend of an 8-year old girl who had her portrait painted with appearing in a grotto in front of a Virgin Mary statue. The little girl then later disappears without a trace from both the real world and the portrait at the same time. The painter was priest Alistair Burke (Lalor Roddy) who after the young girl’s disappearance, resigned as a priest. Melanie travels to Ireland to both sell her work and investigate the urban legend for herself.
My first impression after watching the opening scene was that this movie is going to be extremely grim. A few minutes later we see the little girl getting painted by Father Burke and then; as she appears before the Virgin Mary statue in the grotto, the sun shines through making it seem as though God blesses the little girl. That brought some balance to the film where we do see the presence of good in the movie. However, Don’t Leave Home continues actively to make the film eerie and creepy increasingly. We are even treated to some very shocking scenes that are not grotesque but still unsettling.
Shelly (Helena Bereen) delivered perhaps the best performance as the creepy woman in the house who knows far more than she lets on. Shelly is orchestrating the disappearances of people for the enjoyment of aristocrats. I am not trying to spoil the film but probably just tease that point.
Don’t Leave Home can be considered very slow and different from most films today because it is a buildup of suspense and is light on the dialogue. You will need to pay attention to the film because the ending is not straightforward but suites the film very well. The music and tones suite the film and era that it draws its inspiration from. The camera work is well done also.
The ending of the film leaves a lot of questions that you can answer indirectly and this is good for a movie of this type. That questionable ending can work well if you have a big audience but may not be as effective with smaller audiences or viewers who get bored easily.
Slow or not, Don’t Leave Home delivers on chills, dread, and an entertaining story that unfolds but still leaves some interpretation for the viewer.
Promotion Package Details
Thanks to Cranked Up Films (@CrankedUpFilms) for sending us the Don’t Leave Home DVD along with other goodies!
- Don't Leave Home Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 6.52
- IMDB: 4.9
- MetaCritic: 6.5
- Rotten Tomatoes: 7.8
About Don't Leave Home 2018
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Don't Leave Home Writers: NA
Don't Leave Home Director: Michael Tully
Production: Cranked Up Films