The Arbors

 (310)1 h 59 min202116+
A strange creature disrupts the life of reclusive locksmith, Ethan Daunes, forming a mysterious bond that spurs a string of violent killings.
Clayton Witmer
Drew MatthewsRyan DavenportSarah Cochrane
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Daryl MunroeLexi RoseBrooks Addis
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Pauline BallardReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsNice little Indie
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I don't know why there are low ratings. I thought the movie was well directed, the acting was believable, lighting, production, location...all very well thought out and executed. This wasn't supposed to be a block buster and with the little amount of money they had to work with, everything was really well planned out. I get that its pace was a bit slow but I think that was the intention. It was more about relationship breakdowns, family betrayal, lost memories and the 'insect' was a side plot, even though it may have been intended to be the main story line. I hope, that with the right backing, there's a part 2 because the movie left open ended for alot more character development and a broader storyline with the 'insect' as possibly, the main focus next time around.
When the older brother asked the 'man in white'..."what is it?" the guy pointed to him. This leads me to believe that maybe an experiment had escaped from a lab and the insect was an extension, or rather, a metamorphosis of a human, much like the movie 'The Fly' (?). I could be way off but Bravo, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
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Mark TwainReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsAnother movie with a WTF ending
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Don’t worry, I’m not going to give away the ending. I’m not even sure I could if I wanted to.

This certainly isn’t a horror movie, despite what the trailer might want you to believe. It’s got horror elements, and I guess some sci-fi things as well. But it’s mostly a family drama. That’s not to say it isn’t spooky, because at times, it certainly is. But it’s not scary. There’s no jump scares which is a good thing, there’s not even much suspense. There are, however, silent men in white hazmat suits, and a horrible spider-like thing. You can’t definitively say it’s a spider because you never really see all of it. Then again, maybe that’s the point. Certainly, *who* saw *what* is very much in question.

It’s also a heavy movie. Certainly not your typical go-to-theater-and-spend-$30 popcorn title. But if you take it for what it is, or what I *think* it is, it’s not a bad movie. It’s well-acted, looks great, and the score was particularly effective. It reminded me of Mica Levi’s amazing score for the underrated movie “Under the Skin.” It’s certainly a much better score than most of these scary movies popping up all over.

We’re never quite certain what’s going on though. Not that it’s confusing, because it’s fairly easy to follow. It’s just a case of “what’s really going on?” I’m still not sure. I think I have it figured out, and then something occurs to me, and I think “well, maybe...”

But, I’m taking a stand right now. Here I go. I’m tired of these horror movies (oh right, I said this wasn’t horror) with the head-scratching endings. It’s like the writers are being paid by how many words they DON’T use. Being esoteric and mysterious is one thing, but deliberately being that way shouldn’t be an excuse to not tie things up neatly at the end. So...there’s that.

What I was really, totally impressed by, however, was the acting. Specifically, the lead Drew Matthews. He’s a great actor that I’d never heard of. And that means absolutely nothing. But he has a monologue in the middle of the movie, where he’s leaving a voicemail for his brother. It’s an uninterrupted take, and he nails it. It’s rare that I find a male lead cry in a movie that I found believable. When are directors and actors going to realize that everybody knows when you cry, you don’t necessarily look your best? Your eyes get read, as does your nose, and your voice chokes as well. He tries to keep his shoot together. He’s trying so hard not to lose it. And he almost makes it. It’s such a completely understated moment, but it’s actually touching.

It’s an okay movie. It’s fairly unusual (in a good way), though it does leave most of the answers up to the viewer (in a good way, and a “huh?” way). It’s not anything I think I’d ever watch again, but I’m sure I’ll remember it for a while, though. If you don’t expect a Cronenbergian sci-Fi horror hybrid, it’s not going to be a total waste of time. I’m glad I didn’t go to a theater to see it, but it’s not the worst way to spend a Tuesday night at home.
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Creature FeatureReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsWhat a waste of time and Patience!
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The Actors in this Movie are about Exiting as watch a constipated dog try to poop.

If you can make it thru this Movie without an Anxiety Attack, you should win a prize!

Boring, Nothing makes sense in a normal view point, and the movies is like a Slug making it’s way too nowhere!

This movie is like Chinese water Torture.
Then it just ends, Which is a good thing, because its Over With!!!
Michele Elaine LeinReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsStrange tale of even stranger things.
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Kept my attention. An OK indie tale of a loner who unwittingly aquires an other-worldly companion that does his heart's darkest bidding, and won't leave. Be careful what you think of in the dark of the night. Something may be listening.
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chrisReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsWhat?
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This movie is a prime example of Hollywood making a movie and then taking maybe the best parts out of it to make a trailer, making it look like a decent flic and then the patron pays to see it only to find out it was a total disaster and the kicker is you don't get your money back. Its no wonder piracy exist in the world. Waist of even a little bit of money.... don't do it.
MovieGuyReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsTwitchy
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Ok this was a bit of a slow burner. Was it great? No. But I also don't think it was horrible either. At the end the only question I have is *possible spoiler* what was really going on? Was Ethan really seeing this monster or is Ethan the monster? Sure he showed someone the footage of....well actually there wasn't much to show.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA good spook movie.
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I enjoyed the Arbors so much. I purchased this movie from Amazon. it's a horror movie . Not to scary.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsReally good, really different, really odd.
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Would have gotten 5 stars except the ending was a bit abrupt with too much left hanging.
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