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‘We Need to Do Something’ review: Great tension & scares in single room horror

Best scares of the year?

We Need to Do Something is about a family trapped in the bathroom of their house following a storm. The longer they stay in the room, the more their already frayed relationships suffer. As if being unable to escape was not bad enough, they have no idea what is happening outside. But the strange sounds and gunshots hint at something sinister. As the days pass, Melissa (Sierra McCormick) beings to wonder if everything is her fault.

The film has a sense of discomfort and unease surrounding it. Despite being in close quarters, We Need to Do Something does not have the same claustrophobic feeling similar films do. The stomach churning is a result of the family’s interactions with each other. All the scenes involving father Robert (Pat Healy) are particularly odious. From the beginning of the movie, he is a mean spirited man who cannot seem to go more than two or three words without cursing and/or insulting his family. By the time he tries to force his son’s head through a small opening, he has cemented his status as the villain.

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We Need to Do Something has a number of effective jump scares. A rattlesnake gets maximum use and there is a scene involving a mysterious voice that will cause many to jump out of their seats. There is also some cringe inducing gore. Few single setting movies have had this many gross out scenes. These are spaced out wisely giving each one meaning. We Need to Do Something is filled with blood and wiggling body parts, but it is never too much. 

All the tension and scares points out a surprising lack of story. There are flashbacks that provide a possible explanation as to what is happening, but We Need to Do Something provides few other clues. As powerful as the ending is, it will elicit the relieved laughter found in many horror movies. And though there are plenty of characters in the movie, none leave a lasting impression.

We Need to Do Something comes to digital, VOD, and theaters September 3

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