Writer: Jessica Boucher, Danielle Killay (Screenplay) Luciana Faulhaber (Story)
Starring: Jeff Berg, Luciana Faulhaber, Curtis K Case, Hailey Heisick, Jarrod Robbins, Lindsay Eshelman, Javier E Gomez
Plot: In the tradition of classic horror movies, “Don’t Look” is the story of five friends who leave NYC for a weekend they’ll never forget.
Runtime: 1 Hour 11 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Basic Bland Slasher
Story: Don’t Look starts with five friends Lorena (Faulhaber), Ted (Berg), Alex (Case), Nicole (Eshelman) and Sebastian (Gomez) who head of for a weekend away in a family cabin, they are joined uncomfortable by the hillbillies Kelley (Robbins) and Sherri Baby (Heisick), who make the friends see the different lifestyles they are living between.
The group soon find themselves under attack by a masked killer that wants to pick them off one by one, leading them to a desperate race to escape the killer.
Thoughts on Don’t Look
Characters – Lorena is one of the women on the trip, she is there with her new boyfriend and soon needs to use her knowledge of survival to make it through, she does seem to be the only one ready to fight back. Nicole is the best friend of Lorena, she has a pat with the location and is caught up in a love triangle. Ted is the boyfriend of Lorena, he is a man that thinks his looks and cocky attitude will get him whatever he wants. Alex and Sebastian complete the group of friends characters that are not truly given enough back story to make interesting.
Performances – Luciana Faulhaber does take a couple of duties on this film with directing being one of them. When it comes to the performances nobody really makes an impact and most struggle through the film.
Story – The story here follows five friends that head to a cabin in the woods for a fun booze filled weekend only to find themselves battling for their lives from a masked killer. The problems with the story start early because it just follows everything we have seen before without offering us anything new, it struggles to establish one of the characters to feel like a main character which is essential in the slasher genre. This plays out like every slasher we have seen only watering down everything to become forgettable with how it all unfolds.
Horror – This is the basic slasher ideas of horror, it doesn’t become anything new and doesn’t push what we know to any limits.
Settings – The film puts us in the remote cabin in the woods, it does create the isolation required, though it is just running around in the dark for the most part.
Special Effects – The effects are basic to say the least, we usually get cuts to avoid the extra blood involved.
Final Thoughts – This is a basic slasher that doesn’t bring anything new to the genre and feels like it is left in the 80s that could easily find a cult following, but won’t make the casual horror fans happy.
Overall: Basic slasher.