LAIR movie poster | ©2021 1091 Pictures

LAIR movie poster | ©2021 1091 Pictures

Rating: Not Rated
Stars: Corey Johnson, Anya Newall, Aislinn De’Ath, Alana Wallace, Kashif O’Connor, Sean Buchanan, Lara Mount, Alexandra Gilbreath, Oded Fehr
Writer: Adam Ethan Crow, additional material by Stuart Wright
Director: Adam Ethan Crow
Distributor: 1091 Pictures
Release Date: November 9, 2021

LAIR reverses the usual cursed-objects horror set-up. Instead of a team of people trying to retrieve the various things, a la FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES or WAREHOUSE 13, LAIR gives us someone who’s distributing these things.

Steven Caramore (Corey Johnson) is, to put it kindly, a scumbag. Caramore has been in the business of staging fake paranormal phenomena for a decade. Now his partner in fakery, Ben Dollarhyde (Oded Fehr), is in jail.

Ben is accused of murdering his wife and young son. Ben doesn’t deny that he physically committed the acts, but insists to Caramore that he was possessed at the time, due to a cursed piece of tree. The supernatural they’ve mocked is real.

Caramore thinks Ben is either bluffing or genuinely insane. Even Ben’s lawyer (Alexandra Gilbreath) takes this more seriously than Caramore does.

However, Caramore comes up with an idea that may help Ben’s defense and will definitely help his bank account. Given access to an empty apartment building in London, the American Caramore sets up shop in one flat, and rents out the one across the hall.

Caramore’s plan is to swap out supposedly cursed objects in the rented apartment, and see if any of them get a rise out of the new tenants. To this end, he plants hidden cameras and microphones and records them surreptitiously.

Caramore’s unknowing test subjects are relatively new English couple Carly (Alana Wallace) and Maria (Aislinn De’Ath), on vacation in the big city with Maria’s daughters, sixteen-year-old Joey (Anya Newall) and eight-year-old Lilly (Lara Mount).

We actually come to like the newly-formed family. Their existing issues – concerns about how well Carly is integrating as a stepparent with the kids, Joey being a teen who wants to date – dovetail well with the corrosive effect of what Caramore is doing.

Director/writer Adam Ethan Crow creates a strong sense of claustrophobia. However, because he is so loose with how everything works, we can’t fully understand the rules. This eventually decreases the dread.

Crow also employs some fades to black where we’d normally expect straight cuts or cross-fades. This is a stylistic choice that is interesting, but it winds up feeling like it ought to be more significant than it is.

By the end, we get an explanation of a few aspects of what’s happening, but this produces more questions. (Maybe these will be explained in the sequel.)

Johnson is excellent as the sweaty, self-justifying Caramore. Wallace and De’Ath give good dramatic performances, Newall invites our empathy, and Mount is charming.

While hardly a big deal, it should be noted that LAIR has an odd title, considering its plot. To quote a different horror film, it’s not the house that’s haunted.

LAIR has a good concept and well-drawn characters. It would be better if its structure lived up to its potential.

Related: Movie Review:  SPENCER
Related: Movie Review:  MARIONETTE
Related: Movie Review:  A NIGHT AT EAGLE INN
Related: Movie Review:  ANTLERS
Related: Movie Review:  THE SPINE OF NIGHT
Related: Movie Review:  TIME NOW
Related: Movie Review:  BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION
Related: Movie Review:  V/H/S/94
Related: Movie Review:  NEEDLE IN A TIMESTACK
Related: Movie Review:  THE OLD WAYS
Related: Movie Review:  MASS
Related: Movie Review:  THE FOREVER PURGE
Related: Movie Review:  DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Related: Movie Review:  SHELTER IN PLACE
Related: Movie Review:  BAD CANDY
Related: Movie Review:  MALIGNANT
Related: Movie Review:  THE LAST MATINEE (AL MORIR LA MATINEE)
Related: Movie Review:  CANDYMAN
Related: Movie Review:  BLOOD CONSCIOUS
Related: Movie Review:  THE EMPTY MAN
Related: Movie Review:  HOWLING VILLAGE (INUNAKI MURA)
Related: Movie Review:  THE SUICIDE SQUAD
Related: Movie Review:  THE GREEN KNIGHT
Related: Movie Review:  VICIOUS FUN
Related: Movie Review:  FEAR STREET PART THREE: 1666
Related: Movie Review:  FEAR STREET PART TWO: 1978
Related: Movie Review:  FEAR STREET PART ONE: 1994
Related
Movie Review:  WEREWOLVES WITHIN
Related: Movie Review:  THE EVIL NEXT DOOR (ANDRA SIDAN)
Related: Movie Review:  F9: THE FAST SAGA
Related: Movie Review:  IN THE HEIGHTS

Related: Movie Review:  THE VIGIL
Related: Movie Review:  QUEEN OF SPADES

Related: Movie Review:  THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT
Related: Movie Review:  CHANGING THE GAME
Related: Movie Review:  THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Related: Movie Review:  ARMY OF THE DEAD
Related: Movie Review:  THE RETREAT
Related: Movie Review:  SÉANCE
Related: Movie Review:  SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X
Like us on Facebook at ASSIGNMENT X

Article Source: Assignment X
Article: Movie Review: LAIR

 

Related Posts:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

CAPTCHA Image
*

Increase your website traffic with Attracta.com
bottom round