Don’t Breathe: Trailer Analysis

Don’t Breathe: Film Details: Fede Alvarez's "Don't Breathe" (Aka A Man In The Dark)
DON’T BREATHE official poster – opening in theaters nationwide August 26, 2016 from Screen Gems. (PRNewsFoto/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Director: Fede Alvarez

Writer: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller


A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.


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Trailer Summary

The trailer starts off with a dramatic clip from the “Don’t Breathe” official trailer. Kind of a clip from the future in the trailer before going back to the beginning. The trailer then rewinds back to the beginning. A young woman, Rocky (Jane Levy)  and her little sister making a promise to move away together. Another scene, Rocky is talking to her friends about moving away and never coming back. One of the friends, Money (Daniel Zovatto), shares with her and another young man, Alex (Dylan Minnette), that there is this house where a man, who is rumored to be wealthy, lives. They plan on breaking in the house to rob him.

The young woman discovers the man is blind and instantly has regrets. The next sequence of scenes shows the young friends breaking and entering into the man’s house. It’s dark. Quiet. The silence draws up suspense. The man hears them inside of his house and pursues them. Turns out he is not as helpless as they thought. One of the young friends is shot. Now, the other two, panicking, try and remain quiet so that the man can’t hear them.

The next sequence is very intense and dramatic. The young friends running for their lives, and the man trapping them inside. A game of cat-and-mouse. We get back to the scene that we saw in the very beginning. The trailer ends with “Don’t Breathe”.


The “Don’t Breathe” trailer is a psychological, suspenseful Horror-Thriller. Here, you have these young, ignorant kids, who are looking for an easy way out. They want money. They want to get away from their lives. When you don’t have easy access to money but are desperate, what do you do? You plan a heist. Most people plan a bank heist. These kids plan to break and enter into the home of an elderly man, who is vision-impaired. This, alone, should have been enough to make the kids change their minds and turn around.

But it wasn’t. No, they chose to go forward with the plan, with no regard and compassion to the handicapped, thinking he’s a hopeless victim. They soon find out that the only hopeless victims are themselves. They have entered his territory and are now victims of his wrath. He taunts them with  a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. The only rule: don’t breathe.

This is a new era for the horror genre. Just as female domination is on the rise, so is victim domination. We’ve seen this in Mike Flanagan’s “Hush” (2016), and in Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next” (2011). We are moving out of the whole victim repression phase, and into the victim vengeance. Now, victims are turning the tables on their opponents, and this is such an exciting time for the horror arena. The decade of 2010 is shaping out to be a very intriguing decade, with the release of tons of movies; some remakes, some new indie films. The horror genre is really making a comeback, and it’s about time.


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