What would you do if you were given a written warning, without knowing who left it, to leave a vacation home that you and your family had recently arrived? I can tell you this girl is packing, with no questions asked, and would be OUT!!!!
Unfortunately, the fictional family in the latest Universal DVD/Digital release YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT takes a different approach, and the movie follows its descent into the supernatural, dysfunction, and the subsequent consequences.
Here’s the synopsis: In this terrifying, mind-twisting tale, a father fights desperately to save his family from a beautiful home that refuses to let them leave. Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) is a successful middle-aged man whose marriage to his much younger actress wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) is shredding at the seams, frayed by her secretiveness, his jealousy and the shadow of his past. In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo’s grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.
Now I’m down for all things Bacon, so when I received the screener I was hyped. However, although the actors brought their A-game to what they were given, the story was a bit too predictable for my taste – but the creepy factor was on point.
I also thought casting Seyfried and Essex as mom and daughter was spot-on. And the decision making skills of the adult characters made me yell at my screen several times – a testament to a good popcorn thriller watch.
Overall, even though you’ll probably figure out the twist easily, it’s a good enough bit of entertainment – and you may even love it if the paranormal thriller/horror genre is your thing. I would rate it 2.5 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT is available now on Digital, DVD and On-Demand. You can click here to go to the official website and find out where to watch.
Until next thought, Thomasena