Under the Bed (2017) Hannah New, Beverly D'Angelo, Alexis Krause, Ryan O'Nan, Pat Healy, Toni Garrn, David Nieman, Andy Jones, Thomas E. van Dell Movie Review

Under the Bed (2017)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Hannah New in Under the Bed (2017)


Journalist, Callie Monroe (Hannah New - Maleficent) is in a bit of a funk having been dumped by her long time boyfriend, which is why she has planned to work from home for the week just so that she can focus on her writing. What she doesn't know is that not only has she a stalker who has been watching her online but one who has broken in to her home and along with installing hidden cameras is actually secretly living there. On top of that he is also secretly communicating with her by sending her messages online whilst hiding in her closets and under her bed.

I am going to mention a positive and a negative when it comes to "Under the Bed" because that is about all I came up with. The positive is the storyline is based on actual events and if you ignore what happens in the movie and just think about someone living in their home oblivious to the fact they are being stalked and spied on by someone who is hiding in there it is pretty scary. Of course if you go on the events shown in "Under the Bed" you may ask yourself well how did she not realise but think beyond that and consider also your use of social media and the whole power of the stalking storyline has some thing unnerving about it.

But then I have the negative and let me just mention the name of the writer and director of "Under the Bed" as it is Daniel Myrick. Now that name may not mean much to you but he was one of the writers and directors who gave us "The Blair Witch Project" and he brings a touch of that to "Under the Bed" with us observing the stalker's actions mostly through a hand held camera which often makes this feel messy. But this is also a movie which is incredibly slow going; in fact you begin to wonder whether it is ever going to get exciting as we watch the actions of the stalker whilst Callie is oblivious to what is going on. Add to this a distinct lack of motive as there is no introduction and it just takes away from the story's potential.

What this all boils down to is that whilst maybe for some the observational, hand held camera styling of "Under the Bed" will be right up their street for me it was part of the reason why this movie left me feeling bored.