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.
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.
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.
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