31 Days of Horror: 10 Cloverfield Lane (PG-13; 2016; 103 min.)



Ever watch a movie that goes this way and that and after it’s over, you’re not quite sure what you just saw? This is that kind of movie. I’m still trying to decide how to categorize it.

10 Cloverfield Lane starts off as a tense yet quiet thriller-slash-mystery movie. Michelle is a young woman who has left her fiance one night, and is hit while driving. She awakens in an underground bunker chained to a cement block wall. So the movie starts with this kidnapped-girl vibe, but we soon learn that her captor Howard (played, thankfully, by a low-key John Goodman) believes he has saved her, and his neighbor Emmett, from an apocalyptic-type event. As Michelle questions the veracity of this claim, events unfold which also lead her to believe Howard. Soon, clues present themselves which support one theory after another, one character, then another, with the plot twisting and turning in various ways. The final twenty minutes are unpredictable at best and head-scratching at worst, leading me to finish the movie feeling part confused, part disappointed, and part wowed. All-in-all, not a bad movie, just maybe not a great one either.

  • Top Scare: Air vent-related
  • Heartbeats: 2 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 2 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 2 1/2 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 13 or 14 and up


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