A review of "Hide and Seek (Widescreen Edition)" — 7 years ago
I don’t watch horror films any more ‘cos I want to be able to sleep! This, however, ended up in my VCR without me thinking about what I was sitting down to watch. Just as well, then, that it wasn’t particulary scary!
Oh, it tries to be. Following the suicide of his wife, Bob De Niro ups sticks with cute daughter Dakota Fanning – to the most remote and huge house, beside some creepy woods… d’oh! Yeah, that sounds sensible. And of course little girly ends up with an imaginary friend… or does she?! Mwhahaha!
What follows is an exercise in misdirection, as every possible trail is led to explain some creepy goings-on. Which is fine. And the eventual answer is fine. But too much doesn’t really tie up – it’s done for the sake of being ‘creepy’ and is a bit too blatent to work on me. By the end I was more annoyed by all the red herrings than impressed by the ‘twist’, which was a shame.
So all in all… meh. Not an effective horror film, and no real depth at being anything else.