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By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Low-budget British horror has violence, language, trauma.

Movie NR 2021 96 minutes
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Essentially two gruesome set pieces with a lot of filler in-between them. Lair struggles to establish itself owing to a script that feels rushed and hastily moved from the U.S. to the U.K., with its British characters inexplicably speaking in American English. Veteran supporting player Johnson provides the movie's only memorable performance. As Steven, his bursts of angry energy and comic timing squeezes the most out of dialogue that carries a lot of exposition and manufactures endless, unconvincing conflict between characters that have no discernible depth. With the rest of the cast lacking the ability to sell such poorly written material, it's hard to care what anyone else is doing, or why.

The family at the center of the movie don't ever go anywhere nor do anything interesting. Meanwhile, the setup of Steven observing them through the walls without their knowledge is wasted. There is no invention here, no new ideas, just a long wait for a dimly lit slasher finale and an ending that adds nothing to what has gone before. In other words, it's not worth laying in wait for.

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