Cobweb is a 2023 American horror thriller film directed by Samuel Bodin in his directorial debut. Its screenplay was written by Chris Thomas Devlin. The film stars Lizzy Caplan, Woody Norman, Cleopatra Coleman, and Antony Starr. (Wikipedia)
S P O I L E R S
According to IMDb.com, the premise of Cobweb is as follows:
An eight-year-old boy tries to investigate the mysterious knocking sounds that are coming from inside the walls of his house, unveiling a dark secret that his sinister parents have kept hidden from him.
Our main character, Peter (Woody Norman), is your typical quiet bullied loner misfit. His parents (Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr) are played as caricatures of fairy tale wickedness and never quite come across as realistic in any way. Peter only connects with his teacher Miss Devine (Cleopatra Coleman) who is concerned that he is being abused at home. Out of the blue, Sarah, his older sister – whose existence Peter is unaware of – suddenly decides to reach out to him, through the walls of his bedroom. Sarah manipulates Peter to murder (!) his parents and then sets her free. A mistake, as Sarah is a spider-like monster!
Cobweb is preposterous from start to finish. Too many plot holes and logic flaws make this a horror movie virtually impossible to invest in. Why did it take Sarah so long to talk to Peter? With her unnatural strength and abilities, how has Sarah been unable to escape? At the end, it seems that Sarah is not a supernatural entity but a physical one – how would she have been able to develop such unnatural strength being locked in narrow room in the walls? If nothing else, she would have been malnourished and stunted in her growth due to her incarceration.
In the final analysis, it is the writing that lets Cobweb done. Sure, it’s a horror movie but without the suspension of disbelief there is no terror whatsoever. Hmmm.
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