review by Bobby Blakey
Ever since they burst onto the screen with the sleeper hit Paranormal Activity in 2009 and has since become a juggernaut in horror delivering films including Insidious, Sinister, The Purge and Halloween. Now Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios have teamed up to conjure Welcome to the Blumhouse, a collection of all-new, diversely-themed, brand-unified films that is taking the anthology concept and stepping it up to full length horror anthology films.
The plan is to release eight films with dual premieres on Amazon Prime Video with the first two films The Lie and Black Box available now. The Lie is written and directed by Veena Sud, and stars Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard and Joey King, but does is it a lie worth telling or should they have kept their mouth shut altogether?
The Lie follows two desperate parents attempt to cover up the horrific crime, leading them into a complicated web of lies and deception when their teenaged daughter confesses to impulsively killing her best friend. The film is written and directed by Veena Sud, and stars Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard and Joey King. My assumption of them being released throughout October was that they were in the horror genre, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with them all.
This film plays more of a mystery thriller with it leaving you hanging on how it all comes together as the situation grows more and more dire. The story works well and while there is a lot of mystery I figured it out early on, but it did twist to be in a different way than I had expected altogether. The cast are all great here, but there are plenty of things that will no doubt drive some crazy and even more so knowing that this is how some people actually act.
Joey King knows her way around this genre and brings multiple layers to the role, but its really Sarsgaard and Enos that have the heavy lifting. They evolve in multiple ways good and bad as it plays out and it’s their performances that really sell the final moments. It wasn’t as intense as I thought it was going to be, but I did end up enjoying it quite a bit.
Step into the mystery and check out The Lie streaming now on Amazon along with Black Box as part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse collection. Don’t forget the next two films coming up Nocturne and Evil Eye when they hit Amazon on October 13th.