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COBWEB (2023)

Release Date: 07/21/23 [Cinemas]
Genre: Horror. Thriller.

Studio: Lionsgate. Point Grey Pictures. Vertigo Entertainment. 

"Horror strikes when an eight-year-old boy named Peter tries to investigate the mysterious knocking noises that are coming from inside the walls of his house and a dark secret that his sinister parents kept hidden from him." 


Cobweb is an immensely creepy horror feature from the production company behind such films as 2023's Joy Ride, Sausage Party and numerous other R-rated comedies, so this dark turn came out of left field. Wonderfully acted throughout with a minimal cast - Lizzy Caplan, Antony Starr, Cleopatra Coleman and Woody Norman as our lead Peter. Caplan delivers a restrained, sinister performance, while Starr brings his known intimidation and deception to the role here. The pair cause some serious paranoia to take place with a phenomenal hand behind the camera, the set and creature design easily send shivers down our spines. 


While I advise from watching the trailers for every movie, this one is especially beneficial - although even with the trailers being seen, there are still some truly unexpected turns to witness. Cobweb is sharply written, creating a trap within itself. With its 88 minute run, the film continuously builds its intensity, leading to an anxiety inducing third act that never loosens its grip. 

Cobweb marks Samuel Bodin’s feature directorial debut and he excels in nearly every foreseeable way, complementing Chris Thomas Devlin’s screenplay. The film utilizes its runtime wisely and doesn’t allow for even a moment for the audience to take a breath. While there may be some common horror clichés lying on the surface level, the farther along in the film’s narrative, the more often it is for the filmmakers’ to disrupt what the audience has come to expect based on these assumptions. In conclusion, in a year filled with only a number of memorable horror titles, Cobweb is a terrific addition to the genre that should be among horror enthusiasts “must” of 2023.

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