Monsters hide in plain sight
directed by Wayne Kramer
"I said back the fuck up, you sick, twisted, motherfucking cunt!"
The scene: In the most memorable and intense scene of uneven Running Scared Teresa (Vera Farmiga) gets a phone call from Oleg who is her son's friend. He is trapped in the apartment where he was taken to by strange couple. He is calling her from the bathroom and manages to get an address off prescription medication bottle. Teresa drives there and knocks on the door. Edele (Elizabeth Mitchell) opens and is very reluctant to let her in but Teresa threatens to call the police. Edele shows her the bedroom with two sleeping kids, who we know were in the van with Oleg, that she claims are her children. Teresa sees the creepy room with all the toys and drawings. She is also introduced to Edele's husband Dez.
Right before leaving, Teresa realizes that it is strange that there are no photos of children in the house. She walks into creepy room again and pulls out a gun, demanding to know where Oleg is. She finds him in the closet with a plastic bag over his head. She manages to resuscitate him, while the couple makes few unsuccessful attempts to take the gun away from her. Teresa tells Oleg to take the other two kids and wait for her downstairs. She looks into closet and finds costumes, body bags, various knives and instruments and most disturbingly - stack of DVD boxes with names on them and....star rating the couple gave to them. She also notices that the floor is covered with plastic wrap. Dez tells her they have money and diamonds and it's all hers if she walks away. Teresa makes a call to the police saying she lives in the building and she has just heard the shots being fired after which she shoots the couple.
There are two reasons for which this scene is so powerful - firstly, it's very suspenseful. The camera follows Teresa and there is no way of telling what the couple may do to her. Also she is on the verge of leaving, almost taking away the last chance Oleg has for rescue. Secondly, I have seen many horror movies but few of those scared me us much as this scene - to see such evil, evil that actually exists out there.
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