Ils [2006] Movie Review Recommendation

Ils AKA Them [2006]

Here comes another great French horror flick, this time with a little help from the friendly Romanians. ilsThis one too is based on true events, well, loosely based. However, I can imagine far worse things than what has happened in Ils. With a bit of research, you can find out that the similar story happened to an Austrian couple. So Clementine is French teacher working in school in Romania, and she is adjusting to her new environment. She lives in a remote estate along with her boyfriend Lucas, a writer. The estate is huge but in a pretty bad shape. A dream come true for this couple will soon turn into a nightmare.

I guess when the power goes out in their house you can picture what’s it about. It is tense as fucking hell! I mean really tense; it uses the best scenes from all the horror movies to create that unpleasant suspense. Claustrophobia, fear of the dark and any sound that you hear just keeps ramping up the atmosphere. I have to especially commend the sound department, every squeaky and creepy sound was spot on. It reminded me of The Strangers or Frontier(s) (another excellent French horror) but without that much gore and violence. Ils is a movie that’s banking on something else. Although it is quite short in duration, this only added to the overwhelming tension. So be prepared to be on the edge of your seat/bed/sofa and enjoy this movie.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud

Cast: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman, Camelia Maxim

Fun Facts: According to director David Moreau star Olivia Bonamy suffered from claustrophobia and much of her performance as she crawled through the narrow tunnels was the result of her genuine fear of the tight spaces.


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