Eli – USA, 2019 – review

Eli is a 2019 American horror feature film about a boy with an auto-immune disorder who discovers that the house he’s living isn’t as safe as he thought.

Directed by Ciarán Foy (The Wilding; Sinister 2; Citadel) from a screenplay written by David Chirchirillo (Bad Match; 616: Paranormal Incident) and Ian Goldberg (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), the movie stars Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor and Charlie Shotwell. It was co-produced by Trevor Macy (Doctor Sleep; Gerald’s Game; Hush; Oculus; et al), director Mike Flanagan’s filmmaking partner.


A young boy, Eli (Charlie Shotwell), is plagued with an unknown, debilitating illness that requires him to live completely sealed off from the outside world. After exhausting every option, his parents (Kelly Reilly and Max Martini) put their trust – and his life – in the hands of a doctor (Lili Taylor) whose experimental, cutting edge treatments at her clean house facility may hold Eli’s last hope.

As Eli undergoes the tremendously intense process that could potentially cure him, he begins to be haunted by experiences that make him question who he can trust and what is lurking inside the house.

Reviews [may contain spoilers – click links to read more]:

“We see so many glossy, commercial haunted house movies, and while Eli both looks and often feels like one, it does something those movies rarely do, which is catch us entirely off-guard by the end. Eli goes to some admirably nuts places, and I’m always here for a ridiculous final act…” Bloody Disgusting


Eli will be streamed on Netflix from October 18, 2019, as part of their ‘Netflix and Chills’ season.

Cast and characters:

  • Kelly Reilly … Eli’s mom
  • Charlie Shotwell … Eli
  • Max Martini … Paul
  • Lili Taylor … Doctor Isabella Horn
  • Sadie Sink … Haley
  • Jared Bankens … Gang Leader
  • Austin Foxx … Perry
  • Parker Lovein … Lucius
  • Katia Gomez … Nurse Mary
  • Deneen Tyler … Nurse Barbara
  • Nathaniel Woolsey … Punk #1
  • Mitchell de Rubira … Punk #2
  • Kaleb Naquin … Punk #3

Production companies:

  • Intrepid Pictures
  • Bellevue Productions
  • Paramount Players

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