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You Should Have Left

2020  93 MN




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David Koepp
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In an effort to repair their relationship, a couple books a vacation in the countryside for themselves and their daughter. What starts as a perfect retreat begins to fall apart as one loses their grip on reality, and a sinister force tries to tear them apart.

 Release Date

June 19, 2020

 Runtime

1h33m (93 min)


 Top Billed Cast

 Kevin Bacon
 Theo Conroy
 Amanda Seyfried
 Susanna
 Geoff Bell
 Angus
 Colin Blumenau
 Shopkeeper
 Lowri Ann Richards
 Tiny Woman


 Written by

David Koepp Screenplay
Daniel Kehlmann Novel

 Tagline

The house finds you

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 Cast

Kevin Bacon
  Theo Conroy
Amanda Seyfried
  Susanna
Geoff Bell
  Angus
Colin Blumenau
  Shopkeeper
Lowri Ann Richards
  Tiny Woman
Eli Powers
  Susanna's Assistant

 Crew


David Koepp
  Screenplay
David Koepp
  Director
Lee Herrick
  Supervising Sound Editor
Geoff Zanelli
  Music
Angus Hudson
  Director of Photography
Adam Marshall
  Art Direction
Sophie Becher
  Production Design
Nick Wall
  Still Photographer
Mark DeSimone
  ADR Mixer
Jason Blum
  Producer
Kymbra Callaghan
  Hair Department Head
Dean O'Toole
  Producer
Jeanette Volturno
  Executive Producer
Coll Anderson
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Jason Milani
  Assistant Hairstylist
Daniel Kehlmann
  Novel
Luca Del Puppo
  Second Unit Cinematographer
Couper Samuelson
  Executive Producer
Karen Malecki
  Costume Design
Dean Moran
  Carpenter
Simon Trundle
  Foley Mixer
Katie Swain
  Second Unit Director of Photography
Robert Ireland
  Sound Designer
John Rodda
  Sound Mixer
Greg McFarlane King
  Electrician
Paul Hanks
  Foley Artist
Derek Ambrosi
  Editor
Derek Ambrosi
  Executive Producer
Justin Cornish
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Brooke Lyndon-Stanford
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Jessica Brooks
  Prosthetic Makeup Artist
Ryan Turek
  Co-Producer
Ben Gooder
  Best Boy Grip
Louie Zakarian
  Special Effects Makeup Artist
Beatriz Sequeira
  Co-Producer
Robin Pritchard
  Makeup Artist
Robin Pritchard
  Special Effects Makeup Artist
Franses Simonovich
  Unit Production Manager
Julie Sessing
  Music Supervisor
Susie Coulthard
  Costume Design
Miranda Jones
  Post Production Supervisor
Alexander Gunn
  Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Wilkinson
  Steadicam Operator
Polly Earnshaw
  Hair Designer
Polly Earnshaw
  Makeup Designer
Kiera Tudway
  Supervising Art Director
Emily Deason
  Set Decoration
Kristin Catuogno
  ADR Recordist
Ally Conover
  Casting Associate
Paul Schwartz
  Sound Mixer
Mark Holownia
  Gaffer
Chris Pollard
  Stunt Coordinator
Megan Elizabeth Bell
  Production Design
Zac Gobetz
  Finishing Producer
Roland Trafton
  Leadman
Eddie Wolstencroft
  Standby Painter
Silvia Bellitto
  Script Supervisor
Louise Lannen
  Assistant Art Director
Clare Andrade
  Set Decoration
Tom White
  First Assistant Director
Wesley Froud
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Katie Broome
  Costume Assistant
Matt Wright
  Second Assistant Camera
Jennifer Scudder Trent
  Co-Producer
Johnny Smith
  Best Boy Grip
Cynthia O'Rourke
  Key Makeup Artist
Taylor Landesman
  Assistant Editor
Jo Dale
  Assistant Editor
Johnny Sousa
  First Assistant Camera
Joel Rainsley
  Electrician
Sarah Domeier Lindo
  Casting Associate
Pavan Balagam
  Visual Effects
Luiza Pissurno
  Assistant Art Director
Ben Platts
  Drone Operator


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This movie has every ingredient to be a horror hit. David Koepp has written and/or directed phenomenal films: Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Stir of Echoes... the list keeps going. Add Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, and you've got yourself two fantastic leads. A horror flick set in a "haunted house", where the main characters go through some sort of a psychologically disturbing journey? The synopsis convinces me! So, with all of these features, there's no way this movie will fail, right? Yeah... It couldn't be more disappointing.

You Should Have Left ultimately doesn't know what genre it belongs to. Koepp clearly takes inspiration from a bunch of other films (some from his own filmography), completely forgetting to develop the one at hand. Everything about this movie feels unfinished, or, to be completely honest, everything feels like it's just an idea or a concept yet to be explored. Bacon and Seyfried interpret characters far from being persons with motivations, aspirations, or even personalities, especially Susanna, who is manipulated as a mere plot device to make things happen. She's an actress... that's her entire characterization.

As the viewer, I finish the film without knowing a single thing about any character. Theo has some sort of "past" (like every other Blumhouse's main character of a horror flick), which is barely explained in detail. The only moment where some backstory is given to his character is an utterly unbelievable exposition dump between the mother and her daughter. This is the only personal development that Theo receives: an event that happened in his life described in a forced conversation between characters that definitely shouldn't be having it.

Koepp's movie is marketed as a psychological horror film, but it doesn't even possess the necessary technical attributes to be scary or suspenseful. The "haunted house" looks way too bright, modern, and not claustrophobic at all. The editing (Derek Ambrosi) is weirdly out of sync with the score (Geoff Zanelli), and despite Angus Hudson's cinematography boasting a few nice shots, it doesn't really help to create the necessary atmosphere. It just doesn't look nor feels like a horror film. Just like with the characters, Koepp doesn't know where he wants the story to go.

There's an attempt at creating a drama within the family that doesn't work because, well, there are no *characters*, so I couldn't care less about their arguments. Then, an unnecessary sci-fi element is introduced, and it's bafflingly left unexplained. Finally, a mystery surrounding the house's size is approached, but just like the rest of the movie, it doesn't go beyond its concept. In fact, this is the most captivating aspect of the whole film, but it's only introduced after one hour of runtime. This movie tries to follow so many different paths genre-wise that it forgets to actually choose one...

Overall, You Should Have Left had tremendous potential to be a genuinely intriguing psychological horror flick, but David Koepp gets lost in the many ideas present in the film. Kevin Bacon delivers an excellent performance, and Amanda Seyfried (underused) also lends her undeniably talent, but both interpret characters far from being so. Koepp's screenplay holds so many underdeveloped concepts and extremely superficial attempts at balancing distinct genres that it totally forgets to actually tell a convincing story with complete character arcs and interesting plot points. Even technically, its well-lit, not-scary-at-all house doesn't generate a suspenseful or spooky atmosphere. The editing and the score are also weirdly put together. Unfortunately, it's underwhelming and disappointing. I can't really recommend it.

Rating: D+



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