He's Out There

 (528)5.31 h 29 min2018X-RayR
On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Directors
Quinn Lasher
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Yvonne StrahovskiJustin Bruening
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SuspenseHorrorAction
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English [CC]
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Adrienne Biddle
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Vertical Entertainment
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Alcohol usefoul languagefrightening scenessmokingviolence
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3.8 out of 5 stars

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HoppyRooReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
50% 5 Star Rating??? Hmmm...
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Aight...

So, most of the aspects of this movie are done fairly well. Acting, camera work, "some" special effects, and the sound / soundtrack was decent too... and I'll say it was fairly suspenseful...

That said, there is essentially NOTHING in this movie that is remotely "new"... whole movie is highly predictable... even down to the almost "required" people acting like they have the IQ of a hamster in horror movies... Man, the entire movie almost felt like a rip-off of another movie I watched probably 3 or 4 years before this came out... down to the setting / characters / and all...

But, I'll watch anything horror once... and this does deserve a watch if you haven't seen it... 5 stars, no way... but a solid 3 / 3.5, and probably a better than ave junk they've released over the last quite a few years... so wait til it's a nice stormy night, turn the lights off, and give it a shot...
15 people found this helpful
Denise H.Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fam in the wilderness, murdery hijinks ensue
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Not terrible. A solid 4-star movie... Now I’ll pick it apart.haha
The sets are great, cast too...everything kind of lines up to create an interesting horror flick. The standard premise...family unit goes to vaca home in the wilderness and horror ensues.
The wife is utterly dislikable however...and that’s like 2 minutes into the film. She’s a pouty, over-possessive millennial who guilts and manipulates her husband bc he can’t drive to the wilderness house in the same car. Waaaa he has to do something and come up later that evening, so it’s just her and the kids driving up...ooooh big pity party there. While it’s attempted to be playful, it falls flat and comes across as entirely ‘spoilt brat having a tantrum.’ The husband, who seems like a legit good guy who is not actually hooking up w his secretary, even stops to buy presents for everyone on his way up....can you say whipped? Anyways, the husband is gonna drive hours into the dark, into the wilderness to get there late that evening. Again, the wife...manipulative. A normal decent person would say, oh honey don’t drive at night all tired and stuff—stay in the city til the next morning and come up then...but instead it’s like, you better be here. She’s ultra irritating. Did I mention he even stops to buy presents...not like gas station stuff either, actual thoughtful stuff. She’s a wench tho.
Anyways, the girls get to wilderness house and meet the obligatory, predatory, backwoods yokel who lives ‘down a yonder.’ He’s kind a creep...ok, a lot creep. The girls get into wilderness house and suddenly mom, who was obsessed with contacting hubs every 2 seconds, suddenly forgets she even has a cell, and abandoned it in the car. The girls go play outside **unsupervised** (cue scary music) while mom gives the audience the obligatory peek at her bod...unimpressive. That’s when trouble starts...
So a lot of interesting things happen. It’s similar to the Jason movies in a lot of ways. For the most part it’s pretty good. I do have to take huge exception with one scene where the camera angle and the entire shot was irksome. They were supposed to be upstairs when a guy comes across the front lawn. Mom realizes he could be helpful and tries to flag him from the second story window, however the shot appears to have her on the first floor, like low enough she could just open the window and hop out to say howdy. That was really awful footage and should have been reshot, but otherwise the whole scene was good, or rather would have been good.
There’s a lot that happens in this film so I won’t spoil it. It’s pretty intense horror, like the ‘good’ Jason movies(not like when he went to Hell or rode the Staten Island Ferry).
The actresses who played the girls were cute and good at their craft. They managed to walk the line of being scared, adorable, or incessantly screaming...which could be irritating but they managed to handle all the feels with great professionalism, especially for kids that age.
The most interesting thing about the film are the visual setups the director created to enhance the scare effects. There are a bunch of odd/scary things that happen, and the way their shown on screen makes them more scary. Like, the setups to each scene are actually scarier than the Killer. Killers are pretty much, u know, killers...but this one has these scary things precede his appearance, so it enhances the shock value bc as killers go, this one was pretty standard-issue.
Overall, irritating points aside, this is a solid 4-star film and one that imo would be worthy of a sequel.
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PattyTReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cliche. Scary but nothing new or different from similar movies.
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I am a big fan of these types of movies and, perhaps because of that, this one - "He's Out There" - came off as cliche as they come. There was just one small part that went above and beyond the usual "scary movie" script but, in general, it was just another "Scary man out to get innocent mom and her kids in a remote area" movie.

The acting was fine. The kids in the movie did a great job seeming terrified which is important to keep that tension going. A young mom and her two young daughters head up to their remote house in the woods with the dad coming a few hours later after a work function. Once at the house, they meet a self described neighborhood security guard (although no one lives around there...) who helps them unlock the gate leading to the house. He is sure to mention that a young boy who lived in their house before they bought it disappeared without a trace years ago and was never found.

Once in the house, the trouble starts. Strange things happen, the phones go out, scary stuff is littered around the house, noises, the family car that doesn't get more than a few feet without breaking down, etc. A slight twist happens when the dad arrives but after that, everything is what I have seen in hoards of other similar movies. The corny mask that is totally unnecessary, the fatal injury that isn't, and the final "This could not possibly happen in real life" ending.

It was shot well and had some interesting scary stuff happen but there was just nothing that came off as new, different, or not formulaic. Luckily, the acting and the overall way the movie was shot was good and the dialogue in general was fairly believable. It was a pretty standard scary movie the likes of which I have seen on The Lifetime Network 1000 times.
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Geoffrey F. ArnoldReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yes, it is a "slasher" film, yes it has a few cliches, but...
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Well worth the ride.

Slasher films have been going since the 1970s, even earlier if you want to press the point. So, every scenario has pretty much been played out over and over again.

But occasionally, you get a take on the genre that stands out. This is one of them.

Spoiler alert...

So, the vacation house on a lake, with not many neighbours around to bother you. Yep, the usual setup. And the family that seeks to have a vacation before the summer is over. They've been working hard and...yeah, the usual setup.

Now, here is where it begins to stand out.

Let's talk about the two children. They are real life sisters, so really know one another, as sisters do. So that actually translates in the portrayal of the daughters. These two young actors bring the subtext into the roles that makes them believable. They are a highlight in their behaviour as scared little girls. Both sisters are good, well directed, and have believable dialogue, age appropriate to their characters.

The mom is a good actor as well. She really drives this story. Yes, as some reviewers were critical about taking children outside when a murderous maniac is out there seems kind of stupid...but what is the alternative? Stay put and know he's coming for you and so you are volunteering to be a victim. This mom doesn't like the options, but will try again and again to get her children out of there and to safety if she can.

The husband is probably the most forgettable. His character is rather two dimensional. Well, the actor really didn't have a lot of material or screen time to make a difference. And, yes, it was rather stupid to follow the red thread....does he not know his wife and kids, that they wouldn't pull a prank like this on him? Apparently not. Small plot problem here, but it is one of the few...if you even catch it.

The psychopath is invisible in the beginning, as often is portrayed in these films. He is revealed in the second reel, and we still don't know much of anything about him, or why he seems to have a need to kill people. But we find out later when he monologues with the children. And yet, there is still a mystery about him. Motivations are not always known. That isn't a bad thing and helps define him a little more.

The gore factor was kept at bay, except when needed, and even then it wasn't the focus. So, if you're squeamish, you'll be able to handle most of it.

Now, the climactic moments are very well done, if just a touch predictable. But sometimes predictability is often welcome. We do not want the bad guy to win; we want mom to prevail. And she does. The children are saved!!

Okay, language...this film sought to only use foul language in a way that made sense, so it was kept to a minimum. Let's be honest here. Not all people swear like a drunken sailor on leave. Many of us use very little foul language, especially around children. Films seem to portray adults and older kids as foul mouthed and crude. I find that to be sad. So the lack of rampant profanity here was quite welcome.

Five stars because as slasher films go, this one was intelligently handled. The language, as mentioned before was kept at bay. The children actors were superb, and mom was great, too.

Any plot holes are easily overlooked because the pacing of this film was also very well handled. The slow portions were themselves well paced and put where they should be, and not dragged out beyond what they should have been.

Ignore the one and two star people. This is a fun film.
4 people found this helpful
IthacaRedReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I love a good slasher, but this was weak
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SPOILER ALERT:

There are some great visuals and creepy moments, but this movie is very forgettable. The acting and cinematography were good, as was editing and production design. There just wasn't enough here to fill the length of the film. Bottle films need some extra oompf to keep the audience engaged, this didn't have it. It was very scooby-doo, in the sense that given there are only two other characters, besides the family, one of which is only is mentioned/not seen, you can guess that the masked murderer is one of them. And it's too obvious to have it be the guy we saw, so of course it has to be the slow-witted man who went missing as a child. And wow did they clumsily write mentioning his character into the dialogue, just crammed it in there so awkwardly they may as well have held up a neon sign saying "This will turn out to be the killer". Where's he been all this time, besides "watching the kids"? Is he living in the house when they aren't there? Hard to believe he could manage to keep it clean. Has he been dutifully working on his effigies and drawings? Why does he choose to remove the body parts that he does? His drawings aren't consistent with what he does, either. A lot of plot holes. The killer's motivation doesn't have to be long and detailed, but give me something. Michael Myers was an f-ed up little kid who killed his fornicating sister on halloween, while wearing a mask, and liked it so he kept doing it every chance he got. A simple motive is better than none.
3 people found this helpful
Phlash GordinReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been good, but ain't.
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Okay, I like slasher movies. I have since the 70s. And they don't always need to make a whole lot of sense, but they need to make more sense than this one. This just seems another case of too many ideas crammed together, badly, and coherent storytelling got lost as a result. There is some solid acting, and some decent dread and squirm factor, here and there, but it's overwhelmed by lousy storytelling.
11 people found this helpful
Miz EssReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Deserves -0 Rating - HORRIBLE utterly predictable stupid movie
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This is exactly like every other slasher film from 80's on ... think of Jason from Friday the 13th & Michael Myers from Halloween. NOTHING ORIGINAL. SPOILER ALERT: the stupid mother in this film repeatedly goes outside in the dark of night and even drags her two young girls with her, despite knowing that an ax-wielding psychopath is outside. This film is so predictable and stupid that it isn't even scary. I have no idea why anyone gave this 5 Stars unless they know the people who made this film and take pity on them for appearing in this utter garbage. Watched it due to insomnia. Too bad it wasn't boring enough to put me to sleep.
3 people found this helpful
A. H.Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nice production values, doesn't deliver
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The setting in this film is great for a creepy story. And it looks great. But that isn't nearly enough to create a compelling horror film.

The characters are cyphers. They receive no development at all. It's just "young family with several blonde women in it." Even the villain is completely undeveloped and nondescript. The film is quite predictable and does not develop any real mythology about the villain. He just looks spooky and appears to hate the family that moved into the lake house. There aren't even good red herrings here. The only neighbor, who is helpful but vaguely menacing when he first appears, shows up later in the film briefly only to up the body count.

Sure, there are a few tense moments, mainly pumped up on steroids by an overwrought soundtrack. But none of it goes anywhere. By the end, they leave room for a sequel. But burn me once, shame on you; burn me twice, shame on me. I wouldn't watch it, and, if I had a time machine, I'd go back and tell myself to give this one a pass.
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