COBWEB (2023) 19 reviews, trailer, clip for divisive horror

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‘Sooner or later, family secrets creep out.’
Cobweb is a 2023 American horror film about an eight-year-old boy plagued by a strange tapping from inside his bedroom wall.

Directed by Samuel Bodin, making his feature directorial debut (TV series: Lazy Company – Band of Losers, T.A.N.K and Marianne) from a screenplay written by Chris Thomas Devlin and inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Telltale Heart. Produced by Andrew Childs, Josh Fagen, Evan Goldberg, Roy Lee, Seth Rogen and James Weaver.

The Lionsgate-Media Capital Technologies-Point Grey Pictures-Vertigo Entertainment stars Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield; Mean Girls), Antony Starr (The Boys), Cleopatra Coleman (Infinity Pool) and Woody Norman (War of the Worlds).


Eight-year-old Peter (Woody Norman) is plagued by a mysterious, constant tap, tap from inside his bedroom wall – a tapping that his parents insist is all in his imagination.

As Peter’s fear intensifies, he believes that his parents (Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr) could be hiding a terrible, dangerous secret and he begins to question their trust. And for a child, what could be more frightening than that?


In the US, Cobweb was released by Lionsgate on July 21, 2023. In the UK, Cobweb will be released by Lionsgate UK on September 1, 2023.


” …in many respects, the last few seconds are the most disturbing part of the film, as they take the central theme to its logical, harrowing conclusion. Everything about Cobweb creeped me out – the parents, the voice in the wall, the overall atmosphere. If you like horror, seek this one out.” 3.5 out of 4, The Aisle Seat


” …Bodin handles the dubious narrative surprisingly dexterously. There are quite a few strikingly composed scenes, which unfold with a generally effective slow-building sense of dread. Nevertheless, the nature of the “monster” is distasteful—maybe even offensive—when you really think about it. Even though it is well-made, Cobweb just makes too many questionable choices. Not recommended…” J.B. Spins

” …for as non-committal as it is during that stretch, Bodin whips up a memorably mean-spirited conclusion, replete with animal masks and gushing blood. And it’s more than apt, considering that it’s billed as being from the producer of Barbarian, that the film induces most of its thrills by persistently hiding the ball and making us wonder if we’ll ever escape its grip.” 2 out of 4, Slant


” …closer to creepy than it is truly scary, but that fits the dark fairy tale vibe the film aims for. This gamely, menacing cast, sympathetic young star and energetic final act all come together to ensure that audiences will be left hoping to see more from its fledgling director – a first feature to remember.” 4 out of 5, Starburst



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