DVD Review: HIDDEN (2015)

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HIDDEN was written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer and stars Alexander SkarsgardAndrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Heather Doerksen and William Ainscough.

This post-apocalyptic horror thriller follows Ray (Alexander Skarsgard) and his wife Claire (Andrea Riseborough), and their young daughter Zoe (Emily Alyn Lind), a small family that is living in a bomb shelter after some kind of outbreak happens. They’re also hiding out from something or someone they call “Breathers” who appear to be these post-apocalyptic virus-mutated monsters. The majority of the movie takes place inside this claustrophobic bomb shelter that the small family now calls home but hope to one day return to the surface. The movie also focuses on the young girl and her timid behavior and as the movie plays out we get some backstory to what actually happened in the outside world and how they ended up in this shelter and of course why the young girl is so messed up.

You can tell the family is close and the parents love their daughter who is also terrified of something and they want to give her more but the fact that they’re hiding out underground limits what they can do for her. She does get to take sneak peeks at the wasteland which gives her a small since of joy but something ends up happening in their little hideaway that forces them to go above ground. Once the three are one the surface, this is finally where the viewer gets to see these “Breathers” that have been teased and this is also where the movie takes a complete 180 and makes a cool u-turn with a nice little twist. All is revealed in the finale and it’s definitely not what you think. The movie starts off small and claustrophobic and ends with a bang and on a much larger scale.

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Okay, I had covered this movie a little while they were filming it and finally getting to see the finished product I have to say that I really enjoyed it and really don’t understand why it got delayed for so long. The story for Hidden was really interesting and thought-provoking and full of suspense until the twisted reveal at the end. Look, the zombie genre is saturated and honestly I’m burnt out on the whole undead thing but every once and a while a movie comes along and offers up something fresh to the zombie genre. Hidden was original and fresh enough of a movie that kind of reminded me of 28 Days Later or 28 Weeks Later that dealt with the “rage virus” where the zombies ran wild and didn’t just drag along slowly. The small cast was really impressive and young Emily Alyn Lind gave one heck of a performance as the timid Zoe. Hidden adds something new to this “rage virus”. There’s also the dark and gritty setting and location that really did look the part for this post-apocalyptic horror thriller. Finally there’s the reveal at the end of the movie that required a few effects and makeup and all of this looked fantastic.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc is plain black with no artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I really liked how this dark movie was shot.

Bottom line is, Hidden ended up being a really cool horror movie with a great story that keeps the viewer in suspense about what’s actually going on until everything slowly reveals itself. Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer have created a nice little zombie gem here that is definitely worth checking out. The DVD released on October 6th so be sure you give Hidden a watch. There’s a lot of good to this small and impressive genre movie that packs a powerful punch!

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation Region 1

DVD Audio: Dolby Audio Surround 5.1 English and French

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: None

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