NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE (2021) Reviews of Netflix mystery horror

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No One Gets Out Alive is a 2021 British horror film about a young female Mexican immigrant who takes a room in a rundown boarding house. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.

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Directed by Santiago Menghini from a screenplay co-written by Fernanda Coppel and Jon Croker, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Adam Nevill (The Ritual). Produced by Jonathan Cavendish and Will Tennant. Executive produced by David Bruckner, Adam Nevill, Phil Robertson and Andy Serkis.

The Imaginarium Productions movie stars Marc Menchaca, Cristina Rodlo, Victoria Alcock, David Barrera and David Figlioli.

[May contain spoilers] Reviews:

“For his feature debut, Menghini surprises with a unique structure and the way he lulls the viewer with familiar haunted house conventions, only to shatter them all with a sharp detour into something else entirely in the third act. There’s also a refreshing lack of hand-holding on the mythos behind this strange yet spooky building.” Bloody Disgusting

“I’ve no idea what those folks are talking about with regards to a supposedly surprise twist or overall originality unless they’ve never seen ritualistic sacrifice in a horror film before. What didn’t they see coming? Although it’s lushly produced, this is standard stuff providing one more reminder that Netflix standouts are rare exceptions, not the rule.” Culture Crypt

“Sure, there’s one thing weird I’ve not seen, but one horror film’s “weird” often doesn’t feel too different to what’s gone before; and when we get these sort of horror films with freaky stuff coming out of nowhere, these days, it just makes me laugh more than scares me. Certain elements are predictable, whereas others less so, but it’s rather silly overall.” DVD Fever

“Unfortunately, it felt too long even though it is only 85 minutes long. Still, the horror elements do work very well and the final third is actually very strong. In other words, do check it out but be ready for a slow start that builds into a big finale!” Heaven of Horror

“Horror movies have their perfunctory world-building scenes, which feel organic in many examples of the genre. Those scenes feel out of place here […] the aesthetics here feel derivative as if adding a dark filter with a hint of green a horror movie makes. Nonetheless, it’s a good enough example of the genre, and there’s enough here that counts as juicy spoilers.” In the Seats

No One Gets Out Alive has its moments of scares and gore and horrible cruelty. However, the story seems to be a little haphazard and not spun tightly. If you’re looking for something gory and graphic horror, then this might just be your perfect piece of pie. For me, though, this is a one-time watch.” Leisure Byte

“Directed by Santiago Menghini, whose background in visual effects has not helped him mount convincing ones here, the movie grafts standard horror-movie tropes onto a portrait of the struggles of undocumented immigrants in America […] While explanations in horror are overrated, not one but two prologues […] go unaddressed in any meaningful way.” The New York Times

“Cristina Rodlo does a decent job acting, as does David Barrera, Marc Menchaca, and David Figlioli. But a murky story, purpose, and unimpressive dialogue does not help. Because there’s little substance in the story, there’s no meaningful connection to any characters. So, as events unfold, there’s mild interest. The mystery is never clearly resolved.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“It’s not until the final act that No One Gets Out Alive kicks out the stops and becomes a full-blown horror film. And Menghini delivers a solid finale that involves murder, demons, human sacrifice and whatever came from that temple during the film’s credits. It’s a wild, unexpectedly bloody ride. And one that’s enhanced by the careful setup that’s come before it.” Voices from the Balcony

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