TERRIFIED (2019) is an Agentinian horror film about a haunting growing across three homes in a suburban neighborhood. The characterization isn’t very deep, characters often make really bad decisions even when they know better, and the subtitle translation is frequently awkward, but on the other hand, it all comes together and it’s a hell of a lot of scary fun. I caught it on Shudder.
The film reveals the bizarre goings-on at the homes, which range from creepy noises to bringing back the dead to horrific murder. Stymied by these events, a cop brings in three paranormal experts to stay in the homes and investigate the phenomenon. They make remarkable discoveries, but these creatures do not wish to be studied. They want to destroy.
The real star of the movie is some seriously creepy set pieces, including a crazy sequence involving a resurrected boy. Some great scares are offered, but they’re done through powerful reveals rather than cheap jump scares. I love the trope of scientists investigating the paranormal, though their dialogue comes across as weird, which might be due to the translation from Spanish.
Overall, TERRIFIED is a lot of fun, I give it a very strong B+.