Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sean Kelly

TADFF16: Let Her Out

A young woman finds herself tormented by her inner-self in Let Her Out. Helen (Alanna LeVierge) is a young woman, whose mother killed herself 23 years earlier at a grungy motel. One night, while outside the motel, Helen is struck by a car and receives major head trauma. While she does recover, Helen begins to experience blackouts, awakening in unusual places, as well as a voice in her head telling her to do things. Helen soon discovers that she had a twin sister absorbed in utero, who now seemingly wants out.

Cody Calahan (Antisocial) directs this film, which can be described as "body horror with a multiple personality twist," with the story built around the rare condition of Vanishing Twin Syndrome. After her accident, Helen finds that a lot of her actions are unaccounted for, causing some concern for her best friend and roommate Molly (Nina Kiri). It is soon discovered that Helen is literally turning into a new person, as her long dead twin sister wants her turn at life.

I have to admit that Let Her Out left a bad taste in my mouth at the very start when the violent rape of Helen's prostitute mother is used as a plot device to set the story in motion. I kept my mind open for the rest of the film, however Let Her Out ended up being a very schizophrenic mess of a body horror film. Many of the attempts at horror come across as laughable (stethoscope to head anyone?) and the gory climax arrives a bit too late for me to care. At the very least, I can say that Let Her Out is very stylishly shot, with many red and blue tones and impressive looking Toronto landscapes. If only the story matched the visuals.

4 / 10 stars

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).