What a treat of a horror-thriller DON’T BREATHE is. Stephen Lang’s Blind Man fighting off teenage burglars isn’t just played as an unstoppable monster (though he becomes that towards the end) but also a scared and unhinged human being. Between this and the EVIL DEAD reimagining, Fede Alvarez is making a real name for himself as a maestro of scares (a key scene in this where the Blind Man turns the tables on the home invaders might be the most frightening this decade). Camera work has rarely been used so effectively to build dread and keep you guessing where the next threat will come from, and the film would make a great double-bill with HUSH – both films employing sensory impairment in striking ways to drive the plot and provide original set pieces. Is it silly and increasingly, unnecessarily nasty? Yes, but it’s also an adrenaline rush throughout and something pretty different to the usual jump-scares. SSP
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