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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 Paws

Night Swim

Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Atomic Monster and Witchcraft Motion Picture Company presents a PG-13, 98-minute, Horror, Thriller, directed by Bryce McGuire, written by McGuire and Rod Blackhurst with a theater release of January 5, 2024.

A number of years back a little girl named Rebecca (Ayazhan Dalabayeva) went missing after trying to retrieve a toy boat in their pool. Years later the house is for sale and Ray (Wyatt Russell) decides to move in with his wife Eve (Kerry Condon) and their two children, Izzy (Amelie Hoeferle) and her little brother Elliot (Gavin Warren). Ray was a pro baseball player until he encountered some physical ailments that prevented him from continuing his sports career.

All of that changes when they buy the house, move in and clean the pool. Ray for some reason starts to see differences in his physical issues while in the water but as for the mother and children what they experience is something totally different and its not the Little Mermaid. As time in the house continues even when not in the pool their lives, their new friends and their adorable cat Cider (Alex and Belle) all take a violent turn for the worst.

I thought the concept of the story was somewhat original to my knowledge but I was wondering how can they build a story around and evil pool. Thankfully the director and writers decided to extend the curse to land but sadly leaving a few holes in the story. It was filmed well with underwater scenes and even the possible carnage of a pool party but in the end the climax was a bit weak.

I found the dad, Russell to be a bit unbelievable in some of his scenes but thankfully Condon helped to fill in the weak gaps with her strength. The children were actually much better with Hoeferle showing off some of her good acting skills followed by Warren who also brought his game to the film. Geez, even the cat was better than some of the mediocre supporting actors. Overall though it was the kids in the story that helped to put the scare on for the audience more so than most of the adults. Albeit, I love horror films and even thought this film is not great I gave it two out of four for its efforts. If I judged how many times my friend April jumped out of her seat than obviously the scare factor worked for some.

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