Spiral (2019) Shudder Movie Review

Director: Kurtis David Harder

Writer: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West, Ty Wood, Thomas Elms

Plot: A same-sex couple move to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life and raise their 16 year-old daughter with the best social values. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. And when Malik sees the folks next door throwing a very strange party, something shocking has got to give.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Spiral starts as couple Malik (Bowyer-Chapman) and Aaron (Cohen), along with Aaron’s teenage daughter Kayla (Laporte) move to a small town for better quality of life, while the three look to get to know the neighbours, Marshal (Munro) and Tiffany (West), they don’t always feel as welcome as they thought, where Malik believes there is something strange going on.

Malik’s paranoia and past start to take a toll on the relationship, which will only add more to the mystery about what might be happening or is the town really against have a gay couple in the town.

Thoughts on Spiral

Characters – Malik is one half of the couple, he does have a past where he suffered a hate crime towards him, with his career being targeted at home with his writing, however his time alone away from the big city only starts to play into the paranoid nature he has been going through. Aaron is the grounded of the couple, he has the daughter and starts to worry about the change in Malik, he doesn’t worry if people are against them as a couple, he is happy with the life he has. Kayla is the 16-year-old daughter of Aaron’s she isn’t happy about the move, but is trying to get on with her own life like any other teenage girl. Marshal and Tiffany are the friendly neighbours, looking to welcome the three to the neighbourhood, even if Malik suspects them of something else.

PerformancesJeffrey Bowyer-Chapman in the leading role is the man that keeps us wondering just what will be happening in the movie, he has a lot of scenes alone, with his reactions helping feel the unease he always goes through. Ari Cohen does everything right without needing to do too much. Jennifer Laporte does become one of the most interesting performances through the film. With Lochlyn Munro and Chandra West being the overly nice figures we need in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a gay couple and one of their children move to a small town to start a quieter life, only for one of the couple to start to feel like he isn’t as welcome as they once thought. This does bring us a form of hate crime mixed with a town’s traditions, showing us how a former victim of a hate crime will always be haunted by the moment, always looking over their shoulder in fear it might happen again. The story does have a lot unease about what is going on through the film, slowly unfolding the truth about what is really going on, with Malik being the one learning the truth.

ThrillerThe film does keep us feeling the unease of everything going on, keeping us wanting to know what is going on through the film.

SettingsThe film gives us the small-town setting, which will add to everything that surrounds the mystery about what is happening, with the shots used for different moments of horror.

Scene of the Movie – Kayla’s bridge incident.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We could have seen more from the Aaron character.

Final Thoughts This is an eerie thriller that will keep you feeling uneasy from start to finish, leading up to a shocking conclusion.

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