Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive on Netflix: Soporific Nightmare (Review)

The platform’s latest horror film does not lack aesthetics and an original scary touch. But the rise of anxiety is really too soft.

With such a title, we did not expect a good laugh. But we still hoped to have some chills. At least strong emotions to keep us on the lookout. Except that No one leaves here alive – who just arrived on Netflix – has a hard time making anything flinch. Even though this original film signed Santiago menghini enjoys a neat aesthetic that saves the furniture, no one will leave here freaked out …

On the other hand, we have the right to appreciate the enchanting deadly atmosphere perfectly maintained from start to finish. A dark and enveloping climate, like this horror house with such an alarming look. This gigantic old mansion creaks everywhere, does not breathe light, nor inner peace, and welcomes wandering women. Only women. Often undocumented. They can rent rooms there cheaply, to a frankly shady owner, decked out with a brother who is even more so! When reading the classified ad, the good idea is to go and live elsewhere, everywhere but not here! Except that Ambar has no choice. After the death of her mother, this young South American immigrant crossed the border, hoping for a better life on the Cleveland side. Operated in a factory, she has no money and no residence permit. She will then find herself trapped in this homemade nightmare …

Santiago menghini, who adapts the book of the same name by Adam Nevil, readily admits to having been inspired by the series The Haunting of Hill House to create the aesthetic of his film. We would have guessed. With these ghosts in the background, these specters lurking in the shadows from one sequence to another, and this atmosphere of permanent terror that emanates from the haunted house, No one leaves here alive really takes the codes of Mike Flanagan. With some success, it must be said: the image is beautiful, the atmosphere is worked, the tension is sharpened.

The feeling is good, but this horror story never seems to want to take off. The ramp-up is incredibly slow, tedious. Mexican actress Cristina Rodlo (crossed in Too Old to Die Young) does the job perfectly, living in broad daylight the very real nightmare of these undocumented immigrant women trying to survive in present-day America. But the metaphor is a bit heavy (isn’t the real nightmare in this pitiless reality?) And while the film is only 1h20 long, there are enormous lengths in it. Until the last act, very effective, but a little convoluted, where No one leaves here alive suddenly falls into a brutal, bloody, almost cartoony supernatural terror. An outcome that will frighten some, the others will leave here smiling.

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