skjult theatrical poster

Synopsis:


With his mother’s passing, KK returns home after nineteen years to settle her estate. But with his heritage come dark and deadly secrets. Having spent the last two decades trying to forget his cruel mother and his past life in the creepy house in the woods, KK finds that there are some things you just can’t run from.

Via Shudder

Review:


Every now and then I like to watch a foreign film. This time around, I chose Hidden, or as its known in its origin country of Norway, Skjult. It’s pretty tame as far as horror movies go and probably fits more in the suspense/psychological thriller category. Nonetheless, it’s not a terrible film.

The film follows Kai Koss when he returns to his home after nineteen years. His mother has died and he’s inherited her home, which oddly enough everyone seems to invite themselves into. That’s one of those things I couldn’t figure out through the movie. The authorities and townsfolk are aware that Kai has returned and that he now owns the house, but they do not respect his ownership at all throughout the movie. In fact, when he enters the house, they question his motives. Granted, there are the kids that go missing to consider.

Kai Koss is a fairly unimpressive character. He has obvious mommy issues–though to be fair, his mother was an abuser to the extreme. She tried to kill him at least once and more or less tortured him for mistakes he made as a child. Thus as an adult, he’s a bit of an asshole to everyone around him. The other characters aren’t as fleshed out, with the hotel clerk being a bit weird and random and the cop lady mostly hovering.

The story is pretty interesting to a degree. Basically when Kai ran away from home, his mother replaced him with a child whose death she faked. I won’t go into more detail than that because I don’t want to give away spoilers. If you watch the film, you’ll have an aha! moment when you figure things out.

I give this film a three out of five and would probably watch it again, for background noise if nothing else. Oh, and it is in Norwegian, so you’ll have to read subtitles.

Rating: 💀💀💀