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Movie Review: Trespassers (2019)

Here they are cats n’ creeps; Sarah (Angela Trimbur) and Joseph (Zach Avery) the newest couple engaged in that hoary ol’ fright flick trope; the young married folks suffering a rough patch that make the baffling decision to hole up in some remote location to fix their issues (as if being sandwiched together somewhere unable to get away from one another won’t just exacerbate things…)

Anyhow, the remote location in question is a desert domicile situated in the Mojave…a house the couple is surprised to find empty upon their arrival as they had agreed to meet the owners upon check-in, but since this is a horror picture, they got their asses all murdered up courtesy a trio of masked maniacs (we’ll get back to them).

Complicating that relationship healing is the arrival of Sarah’s pals Estelle (Janel Parrish) and her boyfriend/obnoxious ass Victor (Jonathan Howard), as well as a mysterious motorist with car trouble (Fairuza Balk) and eventually two local cops (Carlo Rota, Sebastian Sozzi) after a violent scuffle. Naturally those kill-crazy psychos return as well, then shit really hits the fear fan!

Working from a script by Corey Deshon, Director Orson Oblowitz presents a rather slick looking pic that moves along at a decent pace (for the most part…see below), but does little to elevate itself above other entries in the over-saturated home invasion sub-genre.

The cast is fairly solid with Jonathan Howard’s “man you love to hate” Victor a stand-out (and it’s always cool to see Balk back in our beloved horror biz), but for all the time we are afforded to get to know these characters (and the film takes it’s sweet time there) little is presented to make us give a damn if they survive the ordeal they find themselves in.

Finally, the minimalist desert home is a cool locale that adds a touch of uniqueness to the proceedings, and it truly becomes as much a character in the film as the humans inside it…maybe more so…

Trespassers is nothing new, or particularly exciting; it is well made and competently acted, so I’d say lay putrid peepers on it as a one n’ done if you dig on home invasion pics…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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