The Unspoken (2016) Review

The Unspoken is a 2016 horror movie written and directed by Sheldon Wilson.
The movie begins with a flashback scene from 1997, where the local sheriff is investigating a disturbance at a very creepy house. The family occupying the house had completely vanished without a trace and without any explanation. Their bodies were never found. The house was left completely undisturbed for 17 years. Single mother Jeanie (Pascale Huston) and her creepy, mute 9-year-old son Adrian (Sunny Suljic) move into the house, which has a very bad reputation with the locals. Angela (Jodelle Ferland) is an underprivileged small-town teenage outcast whose father can’t find work, takes a job babysitting Adrian. Very cliché haunted house movie things begin to happen. Objects moving by themselves, banging sounds, doors opening and closing. The locals in the town have been sacrificing animals and leaving spooky symbols written in blood near the house in an attempt to keep the ‘spirits’ happy and leave them alone. There is a creepy atmosphere at the beginning of the movie, but it feels like it was lost somewhere in the middle. There are a few jump scares and I can see some people finding this movie a little scary. My favourite part of the movie was when the skeleton of a sacrificed dog which hasn’t yet lost its thirst for blood rips off a man’s entire jaw.
It feels like the writer of this movie just watched a heap of typical haunted house and possession movies and tossed every cliché in his head into the mix. It is a very messy movie, the scenes don’t flow and a lot of them also don’t make a lot of sense. But maybe that was just me. One thing that this movie wasn’t is predictable. I did not see the end coming, it was a huge twist which did make the entire movie make a lot more sense when you think back on it. It’s just a shame that you have to spend 90% of the movie unsure what’s actually happening. The twist is great! The idea could have made this one of those movies that all horror fans gravitate to, but unfortunately, it just didn’t hit the mark for me.

Review By Bluebird from Horror Amino

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