"Emilie" (2016)

Rating: NR
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Michael Thelin
Written By: Rich Herbeck
Released: March 4th, 2016
Runtime: 80 minutes
Studio: Uncorked Productions

A young boy (Joshua Rush) tries to protect his two siblings when their new baby sitter (Sarah Bolger) starts to reveal her psychotic nature.

Suspense was built subtly but surprisingly well. The film had a huge sense of unpredictability. You really get a sense you could be expecting anything to happen. It’s twisted, dark and creepy. But it’s all done subtly and none of it is in your face. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on. We’re being fed clues but it takes a while for them to fully add up in any coherent way. We’re kept guessing which is always great!

There was one big twist that would have been far bigger had the name not been Emilie. I think, while the name sums up the whole movie fairly, narrowed the room for surprise in this regard.

Also, I’m inclined to think that while everything had been suitably tense up to that point, once this twist passed us by the film did begin to go downhill steadily. The second half, while ok, wasn’t quite the same intensity as the first half. I think it would be fair to say it lost its way just a little bit, which is a shame. That being said, it is semi-satisfying.

People in horror films are incredibly stupid. Who in their right mind hires someone to look after their children they never met before? Who?

Hmm…I would say this is one of the better horror films you will find on Netflix. That’s saying something considering the majority of them are either all the same or inexcusably tacky. Good acting with enough tension for me to say if you are so inclined, this is one to give a go.