Netflix’s No One Gets Out Alive Review: Goofy, Bloody and Gory

No One Gets Out Alive is a horror-mystery film directed by Santiago Menghini and stars Marc Menchaca, Cristina Rodlo, Victoria Alcock and David Figlioli, alongside other cast members. The film is 87 minutes long.

Netflix describes the movie as:

Desperate and without documentation, a woman from Mexico moves into a rundown Cleveland boarding house. Then the unsettling cries and eerie visions begin.

– No One Gets Out Alive review does not contain spoilers –

No One Gets Out Alive starts with excavation scenes and then we see a woman talking on the phone. She’s an illegal immigrant living in a delipidated house who is regretting leaving her home. Her dad’s understandably angry and she’s having second thoughts. However, soon things go out of hand and we get our first inkling that this house is bad news.

From the first scene of No One Gets Out Alive, there’s something distinctly creepy and ominous. Maybe it’s the house or the fact that this woman has nowhere to go – whatever be the case, it’s creepy. Add to that the very spooky title card and the movie gets you excited for what is to come.

We then meet Ambar, another illegal immigrant to America who wishes to live the “American Dream”. The promise of cheap accommodation brings her to the house from before. It’s not really the perfect place, hell, it looks rundown. But there’s something distinctly charming about the setting to get you cosy. Is that a grave mistake? Maybe.

No One Gets Out Alive is a horror movie. So, does it successfully deliver some good scares and atmosphere? Well, as the movie starts, the dark and shadowy house and streets create the perfect atmosphere to give you the creeps. It might be too dark at times though, but you can still distinguish everything. The scary things go up notch-by-notch but it does take a good amount of time to actually give us a good fright.

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To be fair, No One Gets Out Alive keeps it tame for a good chunk of the runtime. There are a few jump scares here and there for good measure. The ghosts in the background are pretty creepy, but most of the time look awfully familiar (picture The Ferryman in Annabelle Comes Home). The train scene is pretty great and was the only one that I thoroughly enjoyed and felt creeped out.

However, if you’re thinking that this is going to be a horror movie delivering thrills and chills at every corner – it’s not. The scares are very subtle and ominous. Be prepared to be greeted by a slow-paced horror. The last half an hour is when the audience gets all the information and explanations and some frights. The last 30 minutes are thrilling but the creature that we see behind everything does not create much impact. It reminded me of the creature from The Ritual, but goofier somehow.

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Ambar’s character is in a complicated situation like so many immigrants who come to America illegally expecting to turn their lives around. Still reeling from the death of her mother, Ambar has frequent flashbacks, and then nightmares, about her. The real scary thing about this movie is how Ambar is in a precarious position in America with nothing and no one and with everyone out to take everything from her.

Cristina Rodlo as Ambar is pretty great. She’s an equal amount of scared, desperate and badass. She plays the character of a desperate woman out to make it big with ease and it’s delightful to watch her. David Figlioli as Becker and Marc Menchaca as Red are fine and the former is pretty scary.

Summing up: No One Gets Out Alive

No One Gets Out Alive has its moments of scares and gore and horrible cruelty. However, the story seems to be a little haphazard and not spun tightly. If you’re looking for something gory and graphic horror, then this might just be your perfect piece of pie. For me, though, this is a one-time watch.

No One Gets Out Alive is streaming on Netflix.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

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No One Gets Out Alive feels campy and slow with some very gory bits towards the time but turns out to be a one-time watch.

1 COMMENT

  1. How did a woman of color so seriously miss the mark reviewing a feminist themed horror about overcoming the colonist patriarchy?

    I only read movie reviews when exploring interpretations of movies I’ve already seen and liked. I have to correct this one that is so disappointingly off.

    The slow burn is the ever-increasing sense of being trapped. It’s not about seeking the power of the American dream. It’s surviving the horrors of powerlessness. It’s the trap women and other people who are not cis men are born into and then kept there by capitalism (her money struggle), colonization, (the id), nationalism (she can’t call police because immigrants are not human like Americans. She wouldn’t get protection, she’d be deported), the “fight for crumbs” instinct that turns the oppressed against the oppressed (betrayal by friend), and the patriarchy via the spectrum of society’s men who are participants no matter who they are: the father, the friend, the child, and the abuser.

    An ounce of googling would have told you the monster is the Aztec Warrior Goddess Itzpapalotl, the goddess of women who die in childbirth and the spirits those women become (like she herself did). The moths are associated with her in Aztec culture. It’s practically shoved in the viewer’s face. Does the average person need to know that? No, but a “movie buff” reviewer claiming the authority of an opinion should do some semblance of work to actually understand and inform people about the film.

    Case and point: the goddess of mother and infant mortality. Women are made objects and chained to society by the patriarchy’s demand for children, by which they frequently die. They are expected to give up their lives to care for the young and the old (her mother and all the time she gave up caring for her, college, etc). Even Carlos, the cousin Beto’s kid represents this as a spoiled boy who doesn’t speak his culture’s language and doesn’t show any affection for his parents. The never ending cycle of social imprisonment for women and escape for men.

    As for the very end, she is healed and feels power surging through her. You see her veins bulging from her forehead just like Becker’s did (and healed just like he had been), showing the goddess is taking hold of her. She turns back into the house, assumingely to become her next servant. That’s not mythology or social commentary. It’s just a good movie ending. Unless she does what I hope and turns the tables to sacrifices men.

    It’s a complex commentary on the modern state of oppressed populations. Geez, take a class in feminism and social justice. Everyone needs to know this stuff but especially people born without a penis. The reason why movies like this fail is the movie review industry is almost all men. Use the strength of your identities to be a voice for us, the people like you.

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Netflix's No One Gets Out Alive Review: Goofy, Bloody and GoryNo One Gets Out Alive feels campy and slow with some very gory bits towards the time but turns out to be a one-time watch.