Son, the new horror film on Shudder, is really frightening.

I mean, frightening as hell.

After a terrible childhood and past, Laura (Andi Matichak) seemed to have gotten past it. She lived alone with her son David (Luke David Blumm). One night, she woke up and found a group of people in her son’s room. She ran for help, and, when she returned, they were all gone. Police detective Paul (Emile Hirsch) believed her when no one else would.

At this point, David got real sick, puking blood and going through convulsions. The doctors had no idea what was happening to him, but Laura knew that it was somehow connected to her past. When David’s illness took an unexpected turn, things became even more frightening.

Holy crap was this intense.

This is one of the better of the creepy child category of horror genre we have seen in quite awhile. I was very impressed with Luke David Blumm, who carried some powerful moments in the film with a great maturity. He and Andi Matichak had a wonderful chemistry, and you believe that she loved her son no matter what.

As the film moved on, you are never quite sure what was happening even when you see it before your eyes. With the questions of Laura’s background in play, the thought that none of it was real was a possibility, which helped bring a surreal quality to the movie.

The movie is unnerving and packed a surprisingly powerful emotional beat to it. This is one that you do not want to watch late at night in the dark if you expect to sleep. A well done, suspenseful horror film that had me not sure what was going to happen next.

4.1 stars

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