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HIDDEN
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Jan Aksel Angeltvedt

Starring:
Kristoffer Joner
Cecilie Mosli
Anders Danielsen Lie

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
After his mother passes, KK returns home some 19 years later to settle her affairs. However, things get strange when he visits the decaying family home and he suspects someone else is living there.
Is it good movie?
Hidden is the type of movie that reminds why the majority of the best of horror comes from other places. In this case, it hails from Norway, and itís tense, subtle, gory, intelligent, and ambiguous, and most of all excellent. It is everything, in terms of psychological terror, what Shutter Island should have been (a movie I was very disappointed in). In Island, characters had to explain every minute detail to the audience to ensure that the dummies in the crowd understood all events that unfolded. In Hidden, which is apart of the 8 Films to Die For: After Dark Horrorfest 4, it never explains more than it needs to. It allows viewers to draw their own conclusions. Without coming across like some movie jerk, I do understand that most people donít like to think while watching a movie. They like to sit and stare and allow the movie to connect the dots for them. I get it. Sometimes I want that too. But itís refreshing that not all movies do this. That some filmmakers still like to challenge viewers, and believe that someone still enjoys having brain function.

Besides the subtle nature of Hidden, perhaps whatís best about it is that itís essentially a character study. KK is a man of mystery. Everyone appears to have an opinion about him despite that we never learn much about him. Heís quiet. Heís moody. He has frequent flashbacks to not only his devilish mother, but to a car crash he witnessed as a kid. The thing about KK is heís has problems. His mother wasnít the nicest lady. She burned him. She tortured him. She kept him locked up in the cellar. Everyone in the town knew about it, but no one bothered to act. The moment he returns home, itís immediately apparent that everyone in town suspects him of something, despite him being gone for nearly 20 years. He cannot escape his past, and he has the scars to prove it.

Hidden could have easily turned into the usual haunted house flick. It starts out that way and even initially plays to many of the conventions. Smartly though, KK doesnít stay at the house since heís repulsed by it, but heís continually drawn back. He believes a boy named Peter, a boy who survived that wreck years ago, lives there and perhaps his mother kidnapped after KK ran away from home. Regardless, the movie avoids all the usual trappings of the both haunted house and mysterious killer genres. Instead, it craves out its own path. And itís a good one.
Video / Audio
Video: A Widescreen presentation.

Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (in Norwegian, be prepared to read!)
The Extras
A powerful trailer!
Last Call
A fantastic, intelligent psychological movie for fans of Hitchcock, or just good movies in general.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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