I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore 2017
After being burglarized, a depressed woman (Melanie Lynskey) and her obnoxious neighbor set out to find the thieves, but they soon find themselves up against a group of dangerous criminals.
February 24, 2017
Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Elijah Wood, and Jane Levy
With all the pre-hype and subsequent success of Get Out (which topped the weekend Box office with an impressive $30.5M) another amazing horror film may be getting lost in the shuffle. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore premiered at Sundance on January 19th where it took home the coveted Grand Jury Prize. It was released to the masses via Netflix on February 24, the same date as Get Out (Review). And while IDFaHiTWA hasn’t been making waves this week, it’s an excellent, unique horror movie experience, and one I’m certain most fans of Get Out will also love. Two amazing horror films were released this weekend and I encourage genre aficionados to see them both.
Official Synopsis: After being burglarized, a depressed woman (Melanie Lynskey) and her obnoxious neighbor set out to find the thieves, but they soon find themselves up against a group of dangerous criminals.
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In 1993, promotional materials for a movie called Falling Down had moviegoers believing they were in store for a madcap comedy about a rat-race runner who snaps after a lifetime of indignation, subsequently running amok through Los Angeles as an unhinged vigilante and moral crusader. It soon becomes apparent, however, that William Foster (played by Michael Douglas) is suffering a psychotic break. And while we initially share in the character’s catharsis as he savages rude drivers and line cutters, he quickly becomes an antihero no one would want to relate too; almost completely unsympathetic. I’m bringing it up because, in many ways IDFaHiTWA is the film Falling Down should have been—or at the very least, what moviegoers at the time believed they were getting. And while the parallel is solid, IDFaHiTWA is exponentially more effective and entertaining, putting it in a class all alone.
Did you ever wonder what happened to the child actress who wowed audiences as Pauline Parker in Peter Jackson’s 1994 crime drama Heavenly Creatures? Melanie Lynskey is the star of IDFaHiTWA and her character, Ruth, is the kind of unlikely vigilante and moral crusader horror fans can absolutely get behind. Like Foster in Falling Down, Ruth is already severely beaten down by the time we meet her. She hates her job, has trouble connecting with others, and leads an apparently joyless existence. But she keeps to herself and never bothers anyone she interacts with. So when a straw breaks this camel’s back, we’re down to accompany her on a quest for vengeance because, well, people really are assholes.
Elijah Wood plays Tony, the Hit Girl to Lynskey’s Kick Ass—and he’s fantastic. Imagine John Goodman’s character in The Big Lebowski, but 30 years younger and half the size. He’s nearly unrecognizable from his days as the diminutive hobbit Frodo and, with other films like Maniac in his filmography, he’s well on his way to completely redefining himself as a horror icon. The chemistry between Wood and Lynskey is charming and bipolar, as the two struggle with divergent ideologies and an obvious physical attraction.
Also featured prominently in IDFaHiTWA is Jane Levy in her craziest role sense she played possessed Mia in Evil Dead. She’s sexy as ever, yet completely unnerving—like a rose with razor sharp thorns. Her character is completely unhinged, seemingly amoral, and extremely sociopathic.
IDFaHiTWA will connect with anyone who feels they’ve been wronged without recourse. Unable to find justice through normal channels, Ruth and Tony focus their combined rage into a vendetta. The humor comes from the unlikeliness of this motley duo, who are about as intimidating as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. But that’s part of the magic of IDFaHiTWA: Our heroes have been vastly underestimated. In a world of random violence and rampant profanity, these two have drawn a line in the sand—and God help those who cross it.
IDFaHiTWA is really funny, but it’s not a comedy; the humor is black and the satire is stabbing. There’s a deadpan exasperation that permeates everything, a mood we can both relate too and enjoy. It builds slowly, but IDFaHiTWA absolutely proves itself to be a legitimate horror movie in the final act, where a home invasion scenario leads to dismemberment, assassinations, and a whole lot of vomit. The movie also includes a cat and mouse chase that’s as harrowing as anything depicted in a cabin-in-the-woods style thriller or a slasher.
Bottom Line: Like Get Out, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is not your typical horror movie—and that’s part of what makes it so fantastic. There were two amazing genre films released on February 24th and I highly recommend you see them both. Socially relevant horror is excellent!