Netflix viewers are wasting their time on a terrible haunted house mystery
What do you get when you take daredevil and The defenders director Farren Blackburn, Bumblebee and Birds of prey writer Christina Hodson, two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, stranger things escape Charlie Heaton and child prodigy Jacob Tremblay, and throw them into a high concept mix of psychological thriller and haunted house mystery? Based on Shut inthe answer is a steaming pile of cinematic trash.
Watts leads the set as a widowed psychologist who keeps herself living as far away from other people as possible, the car accident that took her husband’s life also left Heaton’s stepson catatonic and utterly dependent on her for her continued survival.
When Tremblay’s young patient goes missing, Mary de Watts soon begins to believe that not only is the child dead, but that his ghost may reside within their walls. If that still wasn’t enough, an ice storm the likes of which had never been seen before begins to rage, adding another atmospheric ripple. At least, it would be in theory, if Shut in wasn’t that awful.
There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, but we’d be grossly understating things to say that absolutely none of it works. A 5% Rotten Tomatoes score tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Shut inwhich somehow conspires to render even the most absurd rug draws uninteresting, when the potential was definitely there for a knowingly absurd low-budget midnight classic.
And yet Netflix subscribers spent 91 minutes of their time on the train, with FlixPatrol revealing Shut in as having proven popular enough to earn a place in the world ranking of the most watched platforms, and it is even the sixth title in Canada. Out of shame.