This was a goooood movie.
I wasn't disappointed a bit leaving the theater, this is how you modernize a classic horror film. Yeah, it kinda breaks my heart we won't have the Dark Universe crossovers but then again Universal has shifted gears and is still willing to give us modern retellings of the Universal Monsters so I'm still going to be on board. And I feel they executed this premise perfectly, as much as I love the original it feels more like a comedy with the characters themselves experiencing the horror than the audience, but this film does it right. It's pretty much a horror movie already, with a young woman named Cecillia who escapes the clutches of her mentally abusing boyfriend and yet still feels like someone is watching her and starts psychologically and physically attacking her. I mean that's kind of brilliant, having a obsessive control freak stalk you is pretty horrific as is but then we add on the element of him being like a super genius in the fields of optics and constructs a suit which renders him completely unseen and that just makes it more scary. This film does understand the notion of what you don't see is far more scary than what you do see, and doesn't waste opportunities with it. Yeah, the movie still relies on the jumpscares but I chalk that more up to modern horror cinema but it does still get on my nerves. If movies just cut the ear raping racket of indistinguishable noise and simply let the visuals work I feel it can be vastly improved. Regardless the effects are done really well, and the film knows when to build up suspense and when to just let loose and run wild, which I very much appreciate. You can tell Elisabeth Moss is not screwing around, this woman acts like she's going through the 9 circles of hell and back again, she just goes for it and is the reason why the movie works so well. Really every performance is done seriously and feels real, with particular love going to Aldis Hodge I mean that guy is great. I just had such a great time seeing this, and really was impressed with how they handled everything, from the premise, to the mechanics, to the story flow, and even the ending gave me everything I wanted, it works so very well. But it does make me wonder what could be next cause you have to remember, the Universal Monsters are majorly in the gothic horror department, so how could they do modern retellings of classic characters? How could they do Dracula? How could they do The Wolf Man, or The Bride, or The Mummy? I'm not saying every movie has to be set firmly in reality and be very serious, but the question does arise. My bet would be doing Creature From The Black Lagoon next, it's a buyable premise that a creature who has survived millions of years of evolution living in the Amazon without change and is soon discovered by explorers could do so well, and be a very entertaining movie. The main thing they need to do is keep it horror centric, make it scary, make it unsettling, make it horrific. That's what they did here, and if Blumhouse wants to keep making classic monster movies with Universal then have a ball my friends cause I'll be there opening day everytime showing my love for the golden age of horror films. 4 stars, a solid 8/10, and I will be waiting for the next one to premeire.