REVIEW: “The Twin” (2022)

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(CLICK HERE for my full review in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

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Creepy youngsters have turn into a stalwart in horror motion pictures. They’ve just about overtaken zombies, vampires, and the like because the style’s go-to supply of scares. The newest movie to faucet into this deep properly is the Shudder Authentic “The Twin”. However there’s extra to this surprisingly wealthy and layered chiller than meets the attention. Actually, Finnish director Taneli Mustonen’s movie could also be a horror film, but it surely pulls from quite a lot of influences.

Teresa Palmer performs Rachel, a mom in mourning after her younger son Nathan is tragically killed in a automotive accident. Struggling to manage, Rachel and her husband Anthony (Steven Cree) transfer from the States to his household’s outdated dwelling place in northern Finland. They bring about alongside their son and Nathan’s twin brother Elliot (Tristan Ruggeri) who’s coping with the loss in his personal approach.

Grief lies on the core of “The Twin”, and by making this a horror film, Mustonen (who additionally co-wrote the script together with Aleksi Hyvärinen) is ready to use the style’s variety to dig into the assorted sides of the theme. Consequently we get a movie that’s equal half psychological and supernatural. There’s even a style of old school people horror that basically comes into view in the course of the third act.

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Rachel’s hope is that she and her household can transfer previous their devastation and make a contemporary begin within the tranquil Finnish countryside. However (after all) these hopes slowly unravel. It begins with Elliot who spends his time enjoying with Nathan’s outdated toys and even asks to have an additional mattress put in his room for his deceased brother. Rachel feels sympathy and goes together with it, feeling Elliot wants the time and area to come back to phrases in his personal approach. Anthony feels it’s hindering Elliot’s means to get previous the tragedy. That husband-wife stress solely intensifies all through the movie.

Including to the rising sense of unease are the fittingly creepy locals who take a particular curiosity within the younger household. A ‘welcome to the neighborhood’ celebration introduces the folks horror aspect which festers into one thing sudden (I’ll allow you to discover out for your self). A wild card within the story comes within the type of an eccentric village outcast named Helen (Barbara Marten). She’s thought-about a crackpot by the townsfolk and Anthony. However she points a dire but imprecise warning to Rachel – “Your son has made a want, and it has been granted.”

Terrifying desires, eerie visions, Elliot’s startling conduct – all of it components in as Mustonen patiently feeds us bits of his slow-boiling thriller. And whereas I finally started to suspect the place the story could be heading, the film by no means totally suggestions its hand. Sadly not every little thing comes collectively ultimately, and there have been some holes within the story that I simply couldn’t fill. However kudos to Mustonen. Even when it’s not fully seamless, “The Twin” saved me and engaged. “The Twin” hits choose theaters, VOD, and will likely be streaming solely on Shudder starting right this moment (Could sixth).

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