You Should Have Left (\N)

Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Bacon,
You Should Have Left is a movie starring Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Bacon, and Geoff Bell. A rich retired banker n his family books a secluded lavish villa in a countryside. The guy is suffering from ugly nightmares since his first...
  • 5.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Daniel Kehlmann, Writer:
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7 / 10

A Tense Thriller

Its hard to come by effective horror/thriller movies these days, and I'm glad I came across this one. The scares were properly spaced out and effective, the direction was tight, and the child actor was a bright spot in the film. Add good performances by Bacon and Seyfried and you have a small, but well-balanced cast.

I also liked that the isolated location added to the sense of dread built up during the movie.

Side note- Kevin Bacon seems timeless! He has been effective over a wide range of genres and films and does not disappoint here.

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8 / 10

Koepp proves horror/thriller is his strongest suit

David Koepp has had quite an odd directing career. He only does a film every 3-4 years at the most and the genre can range from extremely dark horror like 'Stir of Echoes', through to immensely light comedy like 'Mortdecai'. When he does venture into the dark thriller/horror world though it appears to me that's when he's at his best. 'You Should Have Left' is a fine example of this. In less capable hands this film could have been an absolute mess. In his hands though he manages to contain the chaos and turn it into something really dark and haunting. I was a big fan of this film.

Having Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried as the stars of your film helps things a lot. Neither are perhaps in the absolute top-tier of Hollywood actors, however both are very good at what they do. They are immensely watchable and even had the skills to have me forgetting I was watching a relationship with a 27 year age difference. Also Bacon is in incredibly good shape for a 60 year old it has to be said. The performance that blew me away perhaps the most though was child-actress Avery Tiiu Essex. So often I find children in movies extremely annoying and distracting. Not in this case though. She was charming, funny and never detracted from any scene.

There's something so great about contained psychological thrillers. I love that this film isn't about trying to scare you with cheap jump-scares. There was one early in the film and I thought, oh no here we go, but after that the film settled down and was content to scare us with atmosphere more than anything else. I really appreciated that. Usually I despise dream sequences in horror films too, but in 'You Should Have Left' they kind of play into the story, so it is hard to get too angry at the film for having them.

There were two or three ways this film could've ended, and it picked the ending type that I was most hoping to see. It was the icing on the cake for what was already a very fine horror movie. I highly recommend checking this one out.

3 / 10

Don't waste your time.

This is a slow paced movie to nowhere. They try a few jump scares that don't pan out and plot that was very predictable. Just Pass on this one.

4 / 10

Nothing much to watch

It perhaps can be OK for those who are super fond of mystery / suspect genre but to me it was really a cheap one. It's only good fron the point, watching these trash makes you realize what a masterpiece Shining was.

3 / 10

Oh damn, what a boring flick.

Well, I will be quite brief because there is nothing extraordinary here that needs to be explained, reviewed or analysed as this flick is so boring I nearly fell asleep for a year during watching it. Nothing happens in this latest Blumhouse movie. It is not horror, it is not a thriller, there is no tension or any kind of negative characters, there is nothing here to be reviewed, literally. Shame on you David Koepp, it seems you are getting too old now!

You should definitely skip this one.