HIDE AND SEEK (2021) Reviews of mystery horror with clips

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‘Your obsessions can destroy you’

Hide and Seek is a 2021 American mystery horror-thriller film about a wealthy businessman trying to find his missing brother; he discovers a twisted underworld of squatters and vagrants…

Written and directed by Joel David Moore (Spiral; Youth in Oregon), based on the Korean 2013 film Sum-bakk-og-jil aka Hide and Seek. Produced by Declan Baldwin, Francis Chung and Tae-sung Jeong.

The Big Indie Pictures-CJ Entertainment co-production stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jacinda Barrett, Sue Jean Kim, Mustafa Shakir and Joe Pantoliano.

Plot:

After the death of his wealthy father, Noah seeks his outcast brother to make amends and share the family fortune. However, the family harbours a dark secret and a series of cryptic clues will lead Noah on a terrifying trail to the truth that threatens to tear him apart from the ones he loves the most…

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Reviews:

” …there is truly no need for this film when the original was so good—and it remains widely available […] Whereas Huh’s film was creepy and intense, in ways that facilitated the suspension of disbelief, the remake looks and feels bogus and lifeless. Not recommended…” J.B. Spins

“Even if it fails to go the extra mile, the lead character played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers is compelling at least. The recurring nightmares, however, quickly grow stale. Once the script puts children in peril, it soars to thrilling highs that are unparalleled in the first two acts. Hide and Seek had a long way to go in terms of being an actual good thriller, but the fumbling of the killer’s unmasking makes the conclusion into a feature difficult to recommend.” Josh at the Movies

“Rife with great performances and unexpected twists, Hide and Seek is anything but a by-the-numbers remake. Instead, it employs the spirit of Korean horror cinema to view American culture from a new perspective. In this way, it is not only an entertaining and scary film but also an important one.” Rue Morgue

Release date:

In the US, Saban Films will release Hide and Seek theatrically in select locations on On-Demand on November 19th, 2021.

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