Review for “The Lullaby” (2018)

Director: Darrell Roodt

Cast: Brandon Auret (Dr. Timothy Reed), Reine Swart (Chloe van Heerden), Thandi Puren (Ruby van Heerden)

Review by: Amanda Blake of Horror Movie Freaks

In theaters and VOD – March 2nd, 2018

Is motherhood all it’s cracked up to be? It may not be for this new mom, Chloe. She ran away from home and came home to have a new baby. How did she end up in this predicament? Her mom, Ruby, does not agree with the decisions of this young mother, but she does seem to stand by her side. She tries to help her as she learns to now take on the motherly role. Chloe seems to be in for more than just being a new mom though. How normal is normal after giving birth your first time? I’ll let you decide.

The actors and actresses were fantastic. It all seemed so real, it was as if it was happening directly in front of me, no screen involved. Everyone seemed genuinely scared at all the right moments. The jump scares actually got me a little bit. I would feel like something was gonna happen at a certain point but it was timed to take you off guard, and it worked. I don’t get caught by jump scares, ever. This time I did a few times.

I love when movies take place in a smaller filming space as it seems more personable and leaves you wondering just how they are going to do anything with such a small space. This one really pulled it off. It’s out in the middle of nowhere in this small town, there was a couple extra locations but they were only used for a short time for what was needed. There was also no unnecessary dialogue that had nothing to do with what the movie was about.

I wish there was a little more back story to better explain what I was watching and a little more backstory on the character development as well. Everything happened very quickly. On the other side though, as quickly as everything happened, the whole movie kept up the pace. There was a little bit of downtime but only to lead into the next happenings. I’m not even totally sure of myself as to whether I figured it.

There is a plethora of different things that happen that takes you deeper into the movie and the mindset of this new mom. It all leaves you wondering what you just watched and what all just happened. I’m still at this point trying to put everything together to try to make sense of it all. That’s another thing I love about these types of movies though too. They leave you guessing and wanting to watch it more to see if you’ve missed anything else in there that may give you more clues.

All in all, every movie has its ups and downs, this one definitely had a lot more ups than downs. I really enjoyed it. Definitely worth it! If you want to question your own sanity, you’ll love it too!




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