Macabre…ish Horror Review: We Need To Do Something
We Need To Do Something, 2021/ 1 hr 37 min
A family is waiting out a storm and some of them think there is more happening than just a normal storm. On top of the storm, this family has problems which is making it worse and soon the lights go out. Then a tree blocks the door, to the bathroom, where they are hunkered down but maybe they aren’t completely trapped because the roof is gone.
The next day, still stuck in the bathroom, everyone has their chance at the door but it is not budging. By the evening, Dad (Pat Healy) turns into a rage machine, cursing out and attacking the door until his knuckles bleed. By day 3, he’s pretty certain everyone is dead or already evacuated.
And then a dog greets them at their slightly ajar door and licks their hands. Well they think it’s a dog until he speaks. The daughter, Melissa (Sierra Mccormick) manages to tear out it’s tongue and since they’ve had nothing for 4 days, well…tongue is meat. After this, Dad is drinking mouthwash and falling asleep on the toilet in the evenings.
Finally, Dad tries to physically force his son, Bobby (John James Cronin) out of the tiny door opening. And then it’s pretty well down hill from there. Remember the now tongue less creature, outside? When help does arrive, it is short lived.
And while all this is happening, Melissa is having flashbacks that strangely coincide with some of the components from their current situation. The family’s unraveling, secrets are coming out and Bobby’s in bad shape. And then it gets more disturbing and deadlier.
This is a low budget indie horror. It has a cast of mostly 4 people (sometimes 5) and it takes place in mostly one room, the bathroom. And other than watching the deterioration and destruction that happens when a family of 4 spend days trapped in one room with no food. There are also flashbacks that may add clues to what’s going on here. This movie is also bloodier and gorier than expected or maybe it just seems that way because of good editing.
It’s a good reminder of how good of an actor someone needs to be to keep the audience interested with such a tiny cast and one location. And it’s pretty good for what it is.
Trigger warning, Dad’s a screamer.