There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021)
Director: Patrick Brice
Cast: Sydney Park, Theodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper, Dale Whibley, Jesse LaTourette, Burkely Duffield, Diego Josef, Zane Clifford, BJ Harrison, Sarah Dugdale, William MacDonald, Andrew Dunbar
The graduating class at Osborne High is being targeted by a masked assailant, intent on exposing the darkest secret of each victim, and only a group of misfit outsiders can stop the killings. – IMDB
*Originally posted on Movies and Tea for Friday Film Club segment*
One of Netflix’s October offerings is this teenage slasher flick that plays similarly to popular slashers like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephanie Perkins, There’s Someone Inside Your House follows Makani, a transfer student to the Nebraska high school that soon becomes caught up in the gruesome murders involving other students in the school and eventually her own friends but also making her face her own secret, a past that haunts her and the reason she ends up moving from Hawaii to Nebraska for a fresh start.
Slashers have been a popular horror subgenre for quite some time with a lot of titles entering into classics territory. Making something new is fairly difficult at this point and time. There’s Someone Inside Your House doesn’t do anything different with the formula and if you’ve seen the previously mentioned slashers, you probably will have a good idea of where to direct your suspicions on who is behind the masked killer – aka the person that you probably didn’t think of in the first place but then, perhaps its just messing with your mind as it casts suspicions on certain characters as well. In that sense, There’s Someone Inside Your House does execute that element rather well to create some second-guessing.
With all that said, There’s Someone Inside Your House does tick all the boxes of being a decent horror slasher. It has the typical group of teenagers that fit the different criteria of the normal crew. Its final girl, the main female lead Makani, played by Sydney Young, does a pretty good job and the whole home invasion concept where someone knows all the deep dark secrets and uses it to their advantage is actually pretty entertaining. It also manages to keep its group of teens fairly grounded to cover their little secrets from each other. The masked killer being able to create masks of their victims is also a neat angle to take and has a nice creepy vibe.
There’s Someone Inside Your House is a straightforward teen slasher reminiscent of those in the 90s. While its a tad predictable and keeps a familiar structure, the characters are still pretty fun to follow and the backstory for its main lead is well-developed. Sure, everyone wants something new and shiny and different (and I do appreciate as much as any horror fan) however, for what its trying to accomplish in this horror subgenre, it still manages to be pretty engaging.