New Netflix Horror Flick Wounds Divides Audiences
Horror films are usually the ones to get everyone worked up, not only because everyone has a different threshold for being creeped-out, but also because in the wrong hands the supernatural can become pretty naff.
And it seems viewers can't quite make their minds up about Wounds, which has just been released on Netflix and Hulu just in time to put everyone on edge for Halloween.
Directed by Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow), the film stars Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) as bartender Will and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) as his girlfriend.
Will basically finds a mobile phone and decides to take it home with him - a choice that turns out to be a huge mistake, as he starts to receive disturbing texts and calls on the stranger's device.
The official synopsis reads: "When bartender Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl, he begins to receive ominous messages and his life quickly descends into a nightmare. Starring Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson and Zazie Beetz."
On Twitter, many people have said they were suitably freaked out by the flick, with one person tweeting to say it was 'creepy af'.
Just watched Eli and Wounds back to back on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/e0ubdWkJF4
- Ghost Train Diaries (@TrainDiaries) October 20, 2019
But not everyone's convinced just yet, with the ending proving to be an issue for some.
I just finished watching WOUNDS on Netflix, starring Armie Hamner and Zazie Beetz. It's pure unadulterated horror, but I honestly can't say if it was good or not. The ending was so abrupt. Anyone care to weigh in on this? #Shocktober :jack_o_lantern: #Horror pic.twitter.com/xpGCHYlgkh
- Longbox of Darkness (@darklongbox) October 20, 2019
The critics seem equally unsure.
Singing its praises, Digital Spy writer Ian Sandwell argued that Wounds is 'like The Ring with a smartphone and added insects,' saying: "If a disturbing and skin-crawling horror is what you're looking for, there's plenty to admire - or be repulsed by - in Wounds."
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, meanwhile, wasn't quite so forgiving - saying the film is 'ham-fisted'.
He wrote: "This is just ham-fisted. The quirky, wacky humour that the film appeared to promise at the beginning - Will has a special rule that naked customers in the bar are allowed to drink free - vanishes when the big scares arrive.
"Once the wounds have healed, Anvari may wish to make a film with the strength and distinctiveness of his debut."
Mind you, horror films are arguably supposed to divide opinion, so maybe Wounds has actually nailed things by getting us all talking. I guess you'll have to just watch it yourself and see what you think.
Wounds is now available to watch on Netflix in the UK and on Hulu in the US.
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