Speak No Evil (2022)

Morten Burian, Sidsel Siem Koch, Fedja van Huêt, Karina Smulders,
A Danish family visits a Dutch family they met on a holiday. What was supposed to be an idyllic weekend slowly starts unraveling as the Danes try to stay polite in the face of unpleasantness.
  • 6.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-09-16 Added:
  • Mads Tafdrup, Writer:
  • Christian Tafdrup, Director:
  • Jacob Jarek, Producer:

Trailer:

8 / 10

Sleepless.

Seen during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

This probably isn't the best review you'll read as it's been a while since I've posted anything. However, for this film, I'm happy to make the effort.

Words cannot describe how uncomfortable I felt watching the film. The social awkwardness, miscommunication and remote setting make this a very uncomfortable movie to watch. Not to mention the last 30 minutes, where the film turns from a psychological thriller to a twisted horror with horrendous graphic violence (I mean that in the good sense).

I was not yet familiar with Christian Tafdrup's work, but he is definitely putting himself on the map with this film.

Suitable for: People who don't want to sleep at night and have had a lot of fun watching movies like Hereditary and Midsommar.

Not suitable for: People who are going to watch this with their partner. You will get bruises and tears will flow.

PS. I'm from the Netherlands myself, and we're not that bad. As long as you do what we say.

8 / 10

An uncomefortable experience!

I was left shocked when the movie ended! My hands where all sweaty end i felt uneasy! The movie is a slow burn, that does a good job of creating tension that slowly increases before the climax, which is very hard to watch! You know something is wrong and something bad is gonna happen, but you are still not prepared...The movie has a very provocative nature as it mocks the Danish culture and whay of living.

The movie also have tones from other great horror movie directors such as Ari Aster, Robert Eggers and Jordan Peele as it slowly crawls under your skin!

The movie is not for everyone, and will both dissapoint and exceed expectations.

9 / 10

Super messed up, love it

Expecting a bit from the trailer, I wasn't disappointed. This truly is a messed up story, which the trailer doesn't do justice nearly enough. The leads are all excellent, with a special shout out to Fedja van Huet, who really nails the role and is quite disturbing. The musical score was very effective, and beautiful sometimes too. It definetly is a slow burn, but one that will stick with you a long time too. 9/10.

4 / 10

Overrated

I'm Danish, so there is a certain amount of pride in seeing a Danish film receive high marks.

Unfortunately, I don't think the movie deserves it.

It isn't bad, but I thought there were a bit too many things that just didn't make sense. I know horror film and thrillers have to have the characters make decisions you probably wouldn't have ever done, but I think they took it a bit too far here. I won't spoil anything, but if you see it, ask yourself: when would I have gotten in the car and hauled ass back to Denmark?

3 / 10

Huge disappointment

Went into this expecting a masterpiece. The media has overhyped this movie so much. It is barely an uncomfortable thriller, definitely not a horror masterpiece that will scar you for life. Don't waste your time on this if you want to be scared.