When two couples go to a secluded luxury house in desert country, to escape from their problems, things end up going sideways. Sarah (Trimbur), Joseph (Avery) and Estelle (Parrish) & Victor (Howard) are the couples and whilst Sarah and Estelle are old friends, Joseph and Victor don’t know each other at all. Joseph is wary of Victor from the get go. As the night wears on secrets are revealed and then the things that always happens when you rent a house in the middle of nowhere, there is a knock on the door and a stranger on the other side. The Visitor (Balk) wants to borrow the phone to call someone to pick her up as her car has broken down, from here things get weird and then go south. Way south.
Oblowitz weaves a tight, suspenseful and nasty little thriller. A film the plays constantly with home invasion tropes and flips played out scenarios on their head, you actually can never tell just what is coming next and this is bloody refreshing. Writer Deshon has worked in some brilliant little set pieces and Oblowitz has executed these to perfection. Full monochrome colour washes and some excellent cinematography enhance the feeling of danger.
The acting is pretty good, Balk is a standout but both the couples do a great job too. The score serves to heighten the tension that is already created and when its required things get violent, it gets bloody, up close and personal.
As things progress further, the stakes are raised between our couples. We see how everyone reacts under pressure, toward the end of the film, the inventive inversion of the genre stops and becomes a standard ending. We are left with a lack of motive for some of the events that happen but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing but just more of an observation on my part. This aside, Trespassers is an excellent entry into the home invasion sub genre. I am keen to see what Oblowitz has for us next.
Trespassers is available on July 12 in NY and LA and On Demand
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78
Images: IFC Midnight