Now, this is more like it! Let Her Out is the type of movie I want to see from Canadian filmmaker Cody Calahan.
Mostly known for his work as a producer on various horror movies, Calahan has recently decided to try his hand at directing. He debuted with his Antisocial series, films that were acceptable at best, but all too easily blended in with other spooky, satirical flicks. Based on memorability and originality alone, Let Her Out is a straight-A, immediately marking the film as Cody Calahan’s best movie to date.
Lowly bike courier Helen (Alanna LeVierge) experiences a fatal accident when she’s struck by a car. This trauma uncovers personal secrets for Helen including her Mom’s diagnosis of vanishing twin syndrome, suggesting that a miscarried baby was absorbed into Helen’s tissue during utero. Helen, who soon feels caught up in a tug o’ war with herself and an alternate personality, starts experiencing black outs – providing unpleasant and scary situations.
Calahan’s greatest strengths happen during these lapses in memory. He manipulates time, environments, and creative cinematography to give viewers an obscured perception of reality. LeVierge is endearing as an emotionally crippled victim who can easily trap unguarded audiences with frightening, unpredictable choices.
Aside from minor delivery flaws by some unconvincing supporting players, Let Her Out is a haunting, imaginative thriller.
Let Her Out screens at Toronto After Dark on:
Friday, October 14 at 9:30 p.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre (post screening Q&A with cast/crew)
For more information on the festival, visit the official TAD webpage here.
Buy tickets here.
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