A family takes refuge in a fallout shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.
After the massive success of Stranger Things, it’s hard to imagine anyone not wondering where these two Duffer brothers came from, and what else they might have worked on in the past. The answer is Hidden, a film that flew under the radar in 2015 and one that I very nearly watched and then skipped. Now that I’ve seen it, I can say that I wish I had listened to those who recommended it to me before, because it’s a great little horror movie that proves that Matt & Ross Duffer are serious talents who will only continue to improve as they keep moving forward.
On the surface, Hidden seems like a standard post-apocalyptic movie in the vein of The Road or even 28 Days Later. A family hides in a fallout shelter from an unknown enemy referred to only as “Breathers”. The family is made up of Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), and Emily Alyn Lind (Lights Out), and the three of them give a pretty solid performance start to finish. Particularly, I was impressed with Lind’s performance, her character is quite emotionally demanding and she does a great job. It’s very possible that the Duffers are simply the best at directing children right now, because they’re doing a stunningly good job so far.
The movie starts pretty slowly, putting you in the shelter with the family, as they do their best to adjust to living in the dark. A lot of effort is done to help build suspense and fear, and really works to make you invest in the family and feel their fear. The time that the script takes building the tension and getting to know them really makes the pay off punch even harder, and that is one of the reasons I strongly recommend this movie: the payoff. I really don’t want to go into a ton of detail, because I do think this is worth checking out, but suffice it to say that this movie provides a unique and interesting perspective on a post apocalyptic world that I haven’t seen before, and it’s all set up perfectly for one of the more effective endings in a horror movie in a while.
Hidden absolutely falls in the category of a hidden gem. It is so easy to skip this, assuming that it’s the same old story we’ve seen time and time again, but I can’t encourage you enough not to miss it. It offers great atmosphere, twists, turns, and everything you want in this kind of movie, while still offering some surprises along the way. It’s tonally much different than Stranger Things, but it does further solidify the talents of the Duffers and has only served to make me more excited for whatever they put together next.
My Rating: ****