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There’s No Hell Like Home

Directed by Russell Southam /Reviewed by Biplab Das

How do we perceive our home? Is it a sanctuary or not? Answers to these questions have been raised in the film. There’s no hell like home is a chilling horror that keeps you on the edge of your sofa. The best part is that you can’t predict what is coming next. There are graphic-violence scenes, so better be ready. There is a sense of minimalism throughout the film. Only one character on screen makes the film unique.

In this pandemic-hit world, you can easily relate to the idea of isolation. The film is not for the faint-hearted. Human flesh and blood are being shown in the film. A certain kind of tension is present throughout the film. Along with the horror element, the film also talks about the mental health issue that we all are facing in this pandemic. But this film is not a documentary about mental health issues. This film talks about the effect of isolation.

Russell Southam, the writer-director-producer of the film, has done splendid work by portraying so many different ideas into a perspective throughout this film. ‘Melisa’ played by Amber Louise has done a tremendous job. Her acting holds the film from start to begging. She acted without the help of any other actors. She is completely alone in the film. While living alone, she starts develops mental health problems. The cinematographer of the film, Giulio Raimondo has done a tremendous job in creating mood through his camera that we rarely see on films on today’s films. Last but not the least, Ben Cooper, the composer of the film, created a sound that is haunting and chilling.

The plot of the film is really simple- your home is not always a place for salvation. The story revolves around the life of a mental health patient who comes to a house to live alone. The film shows how a mental health patient tries to cope up with her mental health after ostracized by her family and friends. The ending part of the film is very gory. She fails to struggle with mental health and does a horrible act.

It would have been better if the film has shown the mental health issue in a more detailed manner. I would like to give 3.5 stars out of 5 to the film. In an isolated world, this film talks about how mental health patients are struggling. The film shows that there is no one for mental health patients. We are battling with an invisible virus but also shooing away the problem of mental health.


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