SIGNIFICANT OTHER (2022) Reviews of sci-fi horror backpacker pic – trailer

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Significant Other is a 2022 American sci-fi horror film about a young couple who take a remote backpacking trip through the Pacific Northwest and face sinister events leading them to realise that everything about the place is not as it seems…

Written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. Produced by Dan Kagan. Executive produced by Dana Fainaru.

The Paramount Players-Quay Street Productions co-production stars Maika Monroe, Jake Lacy, Teal Sherer and Loudon McCleery.


“The best way to approach Significant Other is to abandon any expectations of traditional plotting. Buckle up and go for the ride. Even as the movie is pulling the rug out from under you repeatedly, it still manages to work in themes related to the power of love and the torment of anxiety.” 3 stars out of 4, The Aisle Seat

“Decent suspense and interesting turns are offered, and the writing works with metaphors when it comes to games of trust and domination between the partners, also touching on the heaviness of self-esteem issues. The final act attempts to clarify everything, which is a mistake, as Berk and Olsen can’t match the power of discovery with exposition…” 3 stars out of 5,

“The journey from where Significant Other starts to where it ends are wildly unpredictable. And just when you think you’ve got the narrative figured out, more information is revealed and you’re back to square one. This film is surreal and even utterly strange at times. It frequently subverted my expectations in the best possible way.” 4 stars out of 5, Dread Central

Significant Other has some great drone-taken landscape shots, plus a scene with Brian De Palma-style visuals – with one character in the foreground and the other in the background, but both in focus. Also, at one point, it takes a direction I wasn’t expecting, but while the idea wasn’t one I hadn’t seen before, it was still interesting enough to keep me interested.” DVD Fever

Significant Other is a nicely packed little horror flick. It moves away from conventional story-telling and delivers its twist neatly wrapped with a sci-fi ribbon. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, making it a fun, fresh, and exciting offering…” 3.5 stars out of 5, Ready Steady Cut

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In the US, Significant Other was released by Paramount+ on October 7, 2022. In the UK, the film will be released by ITVX.

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