Almost 20 years after Scream bemoaned the fact that the typical horror movie girl is always “running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door”, Shut In gives us a heroine who categorically cannot run out of the house when danger comes calling.
The fact that our lead character suffers from crippling agoraphobia isn’t the only cleverly inverted genre trope in debut director Adam Schindler’s brutal nail-biter. Yanking the rug out from under home-invasion-weary audiences numerous times, this is a horror movie that has seen all the horror movies that annoyed (and thrilled) you in the past, and it’s not afraid to go to extreme lengths in the pursuit of something new.
The straight-forward set-up is terror at its Hitchcockian best. Thirty-something agoraphobe Anna Rook (Beth Riesgraf) hasn’t left the house in 10 years, even when the death of her older brother Conrad (Timothy T. McKinney) – whom she’s been carer for – leaves her alone in a big, empty abode straight out of Halloween. Then a trio of men break in and, trapped in the house with them, Anna has to fight to stay alive.
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