‘We Need to Do Something’ Review: I Think I’ll Stay In

As if timed to hurricane season, “We Need to Do Something” kicks off with a household of 4 driving out a storm in an enormous suburban lavatory. Then it seems that the climate forecast shouldn’t be the difficulty: the household’s antsy teenager, Melissa (Sierra McCormick), might have form of unleashed the forces of hellfire by black magic excessive jinks with a schoolmate.

Ill-advised incantations are an All-American horror pastime — “The Gate” (1987), specifically, stays burned in my mind — however the gambit right here is to lock us right into a single room. The strain cooker is on: the alcoholic father (Pat Healy) hectors the mom (Vinessa Shaw), whereas responsible panic leaves Melissa a wreck. Flashbacks reveal some generic hexxing in opposition to a gross man by her and Amy (Lisette Alexis), the dully intense goth she attached with. Melissa’s little brother, Bobby (John James Cronin, possessed by the spirit of Ralphie from “A Christmas Story”), is the story’s harmless bystander.

Confinement is a basic testing floor for a horror director (there’s even a style: the haunted home). Sean King O’Grady, making his debut characteristic, stirs collectively parental menace, teenage malaise and creature results (one tedious, one completely scrumptious). The energy of suggestion is the chosen methodology for the chaos outdoors — offscreen voices and noises — however regardless of some nifty freak-outs, the film’s buildup can lack a sure snap.

The anxieties of pandemic quarantine have been apparently an inspiration for the movie, however what would possibly come to thoughts as properly are the bunker sequences of postapocalyptic nuke dramas. Some viewers, particularly metropolis folks, would possibly merely marvel on the downright stunning expanse of the suburban lavatory.

We Need to Do Something
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to lease or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.