An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post
I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.
Today we’re looking at Blumhouse’s 2019 Hulu Original, Down
Terror seeps in when two strangers are stuck in an elevator over a long weekend and one is not who they appear to be.
Down is a part of Hulu’s Into the Dark series wherein they released a movie a month based on a holiday/event in that month. We also reviewed another entry in the Into the Dark series, Blood Moon. You can read our review/explanation here: Blood Moon (2021) No Spoiler Review.
Is it Scary?
No not at all, there’s also very little suspense. Down is as scary as a Lifetime movie or even a broadcast television movie. You won’t be scared at all.
The problem with Down is that it takes way too long for the movie to attempt to build suspense or horror. The most likely reason this happens is because Down is part of Hulu’s twelve months of horror where they release a movie each month centered around a holiday or event. Since Down was for February it centered around Valentine’s Day.
The acting is pretty good for the most part. The dialogue is ehh with some cringy moments and some moments that try too hard for scares but don’t really work. Overall the story does make sense and the movie won’t leave you asking many questions.
Looking as it is a romance/horror movie, Down does it’s job. Would a few changes to the story have made it more suspenseful? Probably, but then you lose the romance. So put this movie in the “okay but not scary” column. It wouldn’t be on my list of horror movie recommendations to watch unless you’re looking for a Lifetime movie.
Stuff to Ignore
Rotten Tomatoes – Doesn’t have it’s own page or score
Metacritic – Doesn’t have it’s own page or score