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Don't Look (2019)

For as long as studios have been cranking out horror films, there has been a reliance on its bankable formula.  Sex, violence, and the final girl archetype have filled the pages and the screens of these flicks for decades now.  From Laurie Strode to Nancy Thompson and Kristy Cotton, females have been survivors of the male-driven demons thrust upon them for a long, long time.  The metaphors here are overwhelming, which makes Don’t Look a very interesting film indeed as it is both written and directed by female filmmakers.

"Sexy and full of some unforgettable scenes (one in a shed where meat is hung and another one in a bus), Don’t Look is a new spin on some well-traversed slasher road"

And it begins with as flashback to a dark day in the life of Nicole (Lindsay Eshelman) as she is told “Don’t look” and a gunshot fills our ears.  Remember this opening, Boils and Ghouls, it is going to come in handy as the film takes us to its modern-day setting.

Coming to VOD and DVD May 14th from Wide Eye Releasing, Don’t Look is a female-helmed throwback to the slasher flicks of the early 1980s that kicks major ass.  The film, moving along at a quick 71-minutes, is bloody, disturbing, and ruthless as a few millennials look to celebrate Thanksgiving far from New York City and, thanks to some well-guarded secrets that Nicole (Eshelman) keeps to herself, get in way over their heads as a clown-faced killer slices and dices his way through the group.

Written by Jessica Boucher and Danille Killay, Don’t Look is the whip-smart directorial debut of actress Luciana Faulhaber (The Night Crew). This female-helmed fresh look at the slasher sub-genre of horror filmmaking.  The film is both funny and gnarly as Nicole and her four friends – Ted (Jeff Berg), Lorena (Faulhaber), Alex (Curtis K. Case), and Sebastian (Javier E. Gómez) – dip their toes in the backwoods ways of her family-owned farm and surrounding community for a little pumpkin pie.

But what they get stuffed with is razor sharp and deadly.

Not even one night through the weekend escape and sex-crazed hillbillies Kelley (Jarrod Robbins) and the voluptuous Sherri Baby (Hailey Heisick) arrive to mess their heads up, fracture their friendship, and expose these somewhat sheltered young adults to some aspects of the wilder side of backwoods living.  Things won’t ever be the same again after this adventurous couple break bread with them.Don't Look (2019)

And it has to do with a secret that Nicole thinks has gone away.

Sexy and full of some unforgettable scenes (one in a shed where meat is hung and another one in a bus), Don’t Look is a new spin on some well-traversed slasher road.  Because the film is rather short, we get a lot of brutal killings in a brief amount of time.  The good news here is that the effects – all practical – are intense and free of CGI blood spatter.  Thank the Maker!  Don’t Look manages to stir up some scares and some solid secrets as it kicks up more than dirt on this thunder road.

Final girl?  Forget about it.  Don’t Look is ALL GIRL. 

3 stars

Don't Look (2019)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
71 mins
: Luciana Faulhaber
Jessica Boucher
Luciana Faulhaber, Jeff Berg, Jarrod Robbins
: Horror
A wrong turn to hell.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I'm afraid we got off on the wrong foot."
Wild Eye Releasing
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May 10, 2019
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Synopsis: “Don’t Look” centers on five New York City Millennials who escape the big city for a rustic Thanksgiving weekend in the country. But as will happen in horror, something threatens to shatter their peaceful getaway and they are targeted for murder."

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