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A couple and a child make an escape from Sudan and end up as refugees in London. En route, the child is lost at sea. The couple is given a place to live while they are waiting for their request for asylum to be processed. The apartment, which is very run down (the front door falls off when they enter), appears to have an evil presence. This is a really well-crafted horror film. Like the best, this horror film roots the couple’s experiences in their own guilt and fear. The couple experiences various forms of racism; is at the mercy of a powerful system that can choose at any moment to send them back; and must deal with the voices and apparitions that appear to fill their home. The film has some of the social and racial commentaries that made Get Out work so well as well as the chills reminiscent of Nightmare on Elm Street and haunted house movies like The Conjuring and others. African spirituality and mysticism form a foundational part of the story. The screenplay is excellent, and the acting by the two leads is incredible. What the two actors are able to channel is incredible. Big thumbs up for a film that is a smartly told and innovative take on the horror genre that serves as an allegory for the immigrant experience.  (2020; 4.5 Stars)

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