No one can ever say Blumhouse is bankrupt of good ideas. What they are seriously lacking however is people who can make the most of those ideas.
You Should Have Left is a 2020 American psychological horror film written and directed by David Koepp, based on the 2017 book of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann. It stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried.
The film follows a middle-aged man, his successful actress wife, and their young daughter book a haunted vacation home in Wales that begins to wear down their sanity.
Nice concept. The idea that this house, that changes appearances and traps people in like a purgatory time loop is kind of cool. But the characters are so unlikeable not to mention Kevin Bacon is pretty much wasted in this film. Like the rest of the cast they kind of just drifting through the film until the unsatisfying conclusion.
Amanda Seyfried is so wooden in this film that if someone replaced her with plywood you wouldn’t know the difference.
The story really wants to build to giant reveal at the end, but the story spends so much time being confusing and irritating that by the time the reveal happens you are just happy that the film is over. It’s a really bad misstep on a concept that was actually kind of interesting. Like The Purge. The first film was a forgettable bore, but the sequels we’re decent. Sadly, I don’t think You Should Have Left will get a chance at redemption.
You Should Have Left more like You Should Not Watch This.