Original Hand That Rocks the Cradle psycho De Mornay, now 50 and ageing beautifully, plays the matriarch of a criminal family which, after a robbery goes south, holes up at the house they used to own – with the new owners and their friends as hostages. As the tension ratchets up, along with the threat level, the friends begin to turn on each other in a desperate effort to save themselves and those closest to them. Bousman, director of Saw II-IV, sticks the knife in and twists it slowly – with perhaps a couple of twists too many. Nevertheless, for those who like their horror with a little more character meat, this is a gory, effective chiller, with a dash of social satire (it could have used a dash more), and the faintest whiff of misogyny.
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