Within (2016) No Spoiler Review

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 the 2016’s Within also known as Crawlspace

A family moves into a new house and starts to suspect something else already calls the house its home.

Is Within (2016) Scary?

Within is only scary if you just moved into a new house. There are maybe one or two jump scares toward the end of the movie but overall it tries to build a lingering sense of fear by hiding things in the background. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do it well.


Within or Crawlspace is okay. The main problem is it feels like someone heard about a specific urban legend and wrote a movie out of it. I can’t say which urban legend as it would be a spoiler but that’s what the whole movie is literally about. There’s no real internal struggle within the main family, no past trauma the characters are dealing with, and no character arcs. Luckily the writer does it in a way where the movie doesn’t feel too hollow.

The acting is good for most of the movie, there are a few scenes that feel awkward though. Dialogue is okay, nothing special or nothing that sticks with you. The movie is too dark at times and it ruins some of the horror it tries to create.

The story makes sense but some of the character’s actions, especially the antagonist’s actions, don’t make a lot of sense in a few scenes. There are also one or two scenes that add nothing to the movie, it’s basically the characters just stating what we already know and what has already been established by other scenes.

Overall I would recommend Within to any horror fans who just moved into a new house because that would be funny.


Stuff to Ignore

Rotten Tomatoes – 29%

Metacritic – No Page

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