Don’t Leave Home: Releases In Cinemas, VOD September 14
Director: Michael Tully
Writer: Michael Tully
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Release Format: Cinemas, VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr 26 min
After recently unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke, a reclusive Irish priest who, legend has it, once painted the portrait of a young girl who later disappeared on the very day her image vanished from the painting. Now, summoned by Burke and his cohort to the Irish countryside for a special art commission, Melanie eagerly accepts the offer, never stopping to consider that some urban legends might be true.
Don’t Leave Home made its premiere at SXSW. It will release in theaters and on Video On Demand on September 14, 2018. The Thriller is written and directed by Michael Tully. Produced by Cranked Up Films and Good Deed Entertainment.
Mark Lawrence……Conor Callahan
Anna Margaret Hollyman……Melanie Thomas
Don’t Leave Home has a concept that’s been frequented often. It strikes me as the countless ghost and haunted house films I have seen. It’s being compared to Jordan Peele‘s Get Out with emphasis on Catholicism and Irish countryside. While the latter film is a solid production, a lot of directors trying to re-invent its inspiration. This can hinder a production’s personal innovation if it does not meet precautions keep it separated. There have been many times where directors copy from inspiring productions. Drawing initial inspiration is not the problem. The film itself still needs to have its own voice.
The Don’t Leave Home trailer reminds me of a dark ghost story. It has about the same tone and pace as Alejandro Amenábar‘s The Others. Even the cinematography parallels where there are minimal background scores and sound effects. This adds a certain creep factor to a film. A lot of times, theatrical sound effects that symbols any kind of warning for the main event can be a distraction, as the audience braces themselves for what’s about to happen. This can make or break a cinematic experience because it gives away the initial surprise that’s intended to be a scare or a shock.
Don’t Leave Home has a familiar concept and tone. The trailer progress is slow with interwoven clips of surprise enough to alert the viewer.