Sunday, October 27, 2019

Screaming Sunday - Eli

By sati (harlequinade) Sunday, October 27, 2019 ,
Movie rating: 63/100
Plot:  A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought.
The heroes: Eli, a boy who may be on his way to getting cured...or murdered.
The antagonists: Ghosts? Doctors? His parents?
Best scene: The last 15 minutes, which are very surprising.
Oh-oh something's not right line: The decontamination chamber is our only way in or out.
What makes it so great? This had the advantage of me watching it directly after Wounds, another horror film that landed on Netflix last Friday. While Wounds was terrible, Eli is quite a decent horror flick with really crazy last act and I always love it when films are at its strongest just before the ending. It also has pretty great cast - Kelly Reilly and Lili Taylor are here, along with Sadie Sink who plays Max on Stranger Things. Sink plays the character here exactly the same way she plays Max, but it's cool to see her outside the show. The film is nothing tremendously unique but it is worth watching for the last few scenes alone.
Scare factor:  - 2/5 evil pumpkins - there are some spooky moments and jump scare fake outs all over this movie. It's not very original but some of it is quite effective.
Gore factor:-2/5 bloody Leatherfaces - not much gore in this one, but there is one face exploding moment that is quite surprising.
Is there a twist? There is a really great twist that reveals that the film is about a completely different horror story than the one we thought we were watching. Maybe some of you will guess it along the way, but I was surprised. Also there's a smaller twist near the very end that I liked, where a character that usually gets killed in this particular scenario is spared.
Unsuitable for: People who are about to receive any kind of treatment in a hospital.
Repercussions: Fear of your own child. Fear of hospitals. Fear of mirrors.


  1. This sounds halfway decent! Now you've got me really interested in the plot twist.

    And I already fear hospitals, so that's all fine. 😂

    1. "Halfway decent" is really the best Netflix can offer :D

  2. This review is perfectly on par with the movie. I really have no desire to watch Wounds though. :o/

  3. I'm interested but raging fear of hospitals and doctors so thanks for the warning!

    1. it can be really creepy if you are already afraid of that, but hey Halloween is this week and it's the time to be scared :)

  4. This sounds intriguing. I don't think I would've given it the time of day otherwise, but now I probably will.

  5. I gotta admit this one surprised me. I enjoyed watching it at home a lot more than I did sitting in the theater with "Countdown".