Directed by Cody Calahan
Written by Adam Seybold
Starring Alanna LaVierge, Nina Kiri, Adam Christie
When you come across a film that is uncompromising and tells the story it wants to tell, without focus groups, without reaction to social media whining and just lays it out bare, as it is, take it or leave it – well I respect that – case in point - the new body horror flick, Let Her Out which is the latest offering from Black Fawn Films.
Let Her Out tells the story of Helen (LaVierge), a woman that is down, depressed and unable to get past her beginning in life (her mother killed herself performing a self-administered abortion with scissors), things get worse when she is hit by a car and starts blacking out. After some tests, she discovers that she was a twin and some of her twin was absorbed into her body (described as a vanishing twin) after her mother killed her twin in the hasty scissor driven abortion. A tiny piece of spine attached itself to her brain and this is what is giving her the blackouts…only things start to escalate and get worse.
The thing about Let Her Out is that, they force you to get to know Helen. She isn’t the most pleasant person to be around, she is not happy go lucky or even just nice to be around. It’s a bold move to write a character like this and make her the subject of the film, so kudos to the writer Adam Seybold. The benefit of spending time with Helen, is that the payoff comes in the third act. You know what is happening to her, she doesn’t and because you have been introduced to a fleshed out character it makes you feels empathy for her. Helen is fighting an inner battle with herself to gain to control and hold on to who she is. LaVierge does a great job here making the character her own, whilst Kiri is a great foil as Molly, a girl that sticks by Helen despite how exhausting it must be to be friends with someone like that even if she doesn’t completely believe some of Helen’s claims.
Let Her Out works because of the believable characters but this is no character study, Callahan manages some unexpected scares along the way before unleashing some of the grossest effects I’ve seen in a while, a particular stitch picking scene is still with me. If you like your horror bleak and merciless with a harsh ending - Let Her Out is definitely a must watch.