The golden age of the Slasher movie is not dead! Far from it, when movies like HE’S OUT THERE are getting made. Imagine the basic vibe of THE STRANGERS, transplanted to the setting of a FRIDAY THE 13TH MOVIE, with a dash of SAW thrown into the mix for seasoning. Oh, and throwing in a couple of little girls (sisters Anna and Abigail Pniowsky, who both give ah-may-zing performances!) whose lives are also being threatened in addition to the standard isolated young woman/Survivor Girl (Yvonne Strahovski of THE PREDATOR, I, FRANKENSTEIN, and DEXTER fame, giving a worthy effort here), gives it all, as Henry James phrased it, an extra turn of the screw. Man, this one is gooooood.
This one was made by people who clearly love Horror movies and is rife with subtle (and not so subtle) homages to the classics. (Can they really be criticized for using cliches when they do it on purpose, as homages, instead of just being lazy?) In addition to the ones I’ve already mentioned, and at the risk of giving too much away—so SPOILER WARNING! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!—the ending is a straight carbon copy of HALLOWEEN. It’s all familiar here–cliched, even–yet somehow feels fresh and new at the same time. That’s a commendable juggling act to pull off, but HE’S OUT THERE manages it.