: Click to Play
: August 23rd, 2013
for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.
: Original Screenplay
: Dysfunctional Family, Home Invasion, Serial Killers, Unnamed Character, Sibling Rivalries, Screenplay Written By Star, and more
: Adam Wingard
: Simon Barrett
: There are thirteen actors in the cast, but I can't say who the star is without spoiling some plot points.
: Unknown, likely cost less than $20 million to make, maybe less than $10 million
Box Office Potential
: $25 million
The Davison family reunion is an unpleasant affair, which should come as no surprise, as the Davison family is rather dysfunctional. The husband and wife, their four kids, and their four kids' spouses / significant others immediately begin to argue with one another, until three masked men invade their reunion and begin killing the family off. That's not the end of the story; however, as one of the family turns out to be even more adept at killing than the home invaders are.
This film was made in 2011 and debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival that year. It was at the TIFF that it was picked up by Lionsgate, who promptly did nothing with it for nearly two years. ... And now they are dumping it in theaters late in August. ... That should be a terrible sign, but the early reviews are actually fantastic. They are even better than The Conjuring reviews are and if it can maintain this level, it could be one of the best wide releases of the summer. On the other hand, horror films tend to get much stronger reviews from genre critics than they do from general critics, so those reviews will likely fall to a more reasonable level. If the film can avoid falling below the overall positive level, then it should at least earn enough theatrically to break even early in its home market run.