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Don’t Breathe

Canadian Premiere
  • USA
  • 2016
  • 88 mins
  • DCP
  • English
Official Selection: SXSW 2016

“A masterful combination of suspense and violence that’ll have you squirming in your seat and enjoying every minute of it” – Perri Nemiroff, COLLIDER

A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong…

Following his remake of Sam Raimi’s beloved EVIL DEAD, Alvarez raises the stakes and unveils the aptly-titled DON’T BREATHE, a sophomore effort that cements the director’s place in contemporary horror’s pantheon. A labyrinthine, reverse home-invasion film best left to be discovered, let us simply say that Alvarez’s latest instantly joins the high-concept ranks of Saulnier’s GREEN ROOM and Fincher’s PANIC ROOM (and even Hitchock’s ROPE!), providing that rare kind of directorial bravado that reveals a closed space’s endless potential for deathly invention!

Alvarez directs this edge-of-your-seat roller coaster with great skill and an all-too-rare, razor-sharp precision – using every trick in the book, every inch of his space’s geography, every shadow and light (or lack thereof!) to keep the audience in a chokehold. Taxing, brutal and thoroughly unpredictable, here’s a horror film for the ages – sure to suck all air from your windpipe, hell, all oxygen from the Hall theatre! (Following its Fantasia screening, DON’T BREATHE will open across North America on August 26.)

— Ariel Esteban Cayer