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Theodore Conroy is a retired banker married to Susanna, a much younger woman, and they have a daughter named Ella. Theo is a jealous husband and constantly fears Susanna, a successful Hollywood actress, is cheating on him.
You Should Have Left
Theo wrestles with feelings of jealousy and mistrust toward Susanna. One evening, while she is taking a bath, Theo checks the messages on her phone and laptop. Theo has a dream that night and sees someone has written in his meditation journal: "You should leave. Go now." The following morning, as he watches Susanna and Ella playing outside, he texts her. At the same time he sees Susanna look at her phone, he hears a text vibration on the kitchen counter and finds an identical phone with his messages on the screen. Realizing that she has a secret phone, he suspects she has been cheating on him. He confronts Susanna, and she admits to an affair with another actor. Theo asks her to leave for the night, and she goes into town to stay at an inn.
Desperate to escape the house, Theo and Ella decide to go to town by foot, but see a shadowy figure observing them from inside as they walk away from it. After some time, they find they have circled back to the house. Seeing no other option, they stay there for the night, but Theo enters the dream world again and sees his and Susanna's past selves as they first arrived at the house. He then meets Stetler, who has taken Ella captive. He takes Theo's form to taunt him and says he will return Ella on the condition that Theo does "what he must." Ella is returned, relieving Theo.
Soon, we find out that one of the reasons why Theo is disliked in his original community is because his wife drowned in the bathtub. Although nothing was ever proven, some people suspect he might have had a hand in her death.
The house appears to have Theo trapped in space and time. We learn that it is Theo who has been opening doors, writing warning notes and watching his family all the while. Theo is the one who writes in his journal and is also the mysterious figure watching Theo and Ella walk away at night.
Parents need to know that You Should Have Left is a thriller/horror movie about a family (Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, and Avery Tiiu Essex) staying in a haunted house, where a dark past catches up to them. Violence includes an attack by a ghost, a creepy man lifting a young girl up by her throat during a nightmare, wrist slicing (with blood), and other scary images/noises. Sex-related content includes a married couple kissing and having sex in the car (she straddles him, but no nudity is shown). There are moaning and panting sounds during this scene and during a movie scene being shot. A naked female ghost is shown from the side, but nothing graphic is seen. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and other words. Adults drink wine with dinner. The movie feels fairly familiar, but it's well constructed and spooky, and it should please mature horror hounds.
In YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT, Theo Conroy (Kevin Bacon) is a wealthy man with a dark past. He's now married to actress Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), and they have a 6-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Tiiu Essex). Looking to get away and spend some time together, they rent a huge house in the Welsh countryside. But before long, strange things start happening. The dimensions of the house don't make any sense, and mysterious doors suddenly appear, as well as scribbled warnings in Theo's journal. But when Theo finally decides to leave, it may be too late.
The house itself is truly unsettling in the way that doors and odd angles tend to obscure certain images, keeping viewers off-balance. In a way, the house's sheer physical presence is even spookier than more typical tricks like shadows on the wall or reflections that move on their own. The human story works, too, and, even as simple as it is, the three main performers fill in the blanks on a troubled family dynamic. Bacon embodies jealousy and uncertainty, while Seyfried exemplifies carefree playfulness mixed with secrecy. Certainly You Should Have Left doesn't break any new ground, but it's a fine example of a solidly creepy chiller that should please horror hounds.
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Director David Koepp is best known as a prolific screenwriter, with credits including good (Mission: Impossible), bad (War of the Worlds), and ugly (The Mummy). For all his success, his script for this You Should Have Left, based on the novel by Daniel Kehlmann, has precious few moments that feel remotely organic. We're instead spoon-fed variations of things that have happened many, many times before -- a result that, come to think of it, fits the thematic elements of the film in ways likely unintended -- en route to a mish-mash of known ingredients.
Nothing inherently wrong about the set-up -- at this point, no one would be surprised by a demonic-possessed Airbnb listing (from a Superhost!) -- but Koepp is too often trading in horror banalities. No stone is too well-recognized not to be overturned -- when they first enter the house, Theo stops Sussana from talking for second. "Can you hear it?" he ventures, waiting for her to have to ask what it is she's meant to hear. "The silence!" he says with irritating satisfaction -- and none of the dark corridors, thudding sound effects, unsynced mirror reflections, or inexplicable Polaroids that litter the walls can make up for it.
Much like The Sixth Sense, certain particularly weak-seeming aspects of the screenplay (how does the malevolent force have a cell phone, and what sort of data plan do they get?) are explained by the tricksy ending, but not before you've already long-since given up on the thing. In the final tally, the single most terrifying thing might be the absolutely bananas way Kevin Bacon writes the letter 'E' in his journal, a truly horrifying upstroke with some squiggles underneath it. It is in watching his penmanship the film offers its biggest inducement to shudder.
We also see Susanna in other states of undress from t-shirt-and-shorts nightwear to a one-piece swimsuit to stripping down for a bath. (In that last instance, we see her bare legs, back and shoulders, but most of her body is covered by cloudy bathwater.) Theo goes to bed bare-chested.
Theo Conroy is a retired banker, who was wildly successful in his time. He's married to a young actress, many years younger than him and the two have a young daughter. Wanting to get a break from it all, the family rents a house in a small village in Wales. It's here that the secrets of Theo past come back to haunt him, in a house that holds some secrets of it's own.
Theo and Susanna are married and she is an actress. She is much younger than him, but they have an adorable baby girl together, Ella. Theo gets very jealous because of her work, especially when she is filming certain scenes. It is also very obvious that people do not like Theo. It is touched on a few times because Susanna finally explains it to her daughter, and the audience.
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In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella. What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo's grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.
Other strange things happen: doors open into places they shouldn't; rooms appear to be larger inside than out; and the few people in the small village near the house give Theo the stinkeye, and offer up vague, ominous statements. When asked if he's seen the house's owner yet, Theo says no, leading a villager to reply: "Well he sees you." Cue the eerie music.
After more than a few promising fits and starts, You Should Have Left descends into confusion and awkward exposition, with Koepp suddenly striving to explain the reasoning behind all the creepiness, and not doing a very good job about it. Even when Theo eventually figures out what's going on, don't be surprised if you're still left in the dark. With the number of talented folks involved with this movie, You Should Have Left should have been better.
Writer/director David Koepp has a solid reputation in Hollywood thanks to his early days writing such hits as Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, and the first Spider-Man. His directorial efforts, however, have been hit-and-miss, a history to keep in mind when watching his latest movie, You Should Have Left.
At one point, Theo and Susanna have an argument, and Susanna notes how much easier it would be if Theo yelled at her instead of seething quietly. The same can be said of the film as a whole, as Bacon underplays many of the moments that deserve bigger reactions, making it difficult to get into the spirit of what the story should be.
Instead of the Overlook Hotel, we have an imposing modern house in the Welsh countryside, where Theo Conroy (Bacon), a rich banker who retired under a cloud of suspicion after being acquitted of murdering his first wife, has gone to spend some relaxing time with his actress wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), and their young daughter, Ella (Avery Essex).
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Susanna (Seyfried) is Theo's (Bacon) second wife. His first drowned in the bathtub years ago, and Theo was accused of being responsible. He ended up in court but the case was dismissed, though some people still believed he was at fault. Fast-forward a few years and he meets and marries Susanna, who is several years his junior. They have a daughter, Ella (Avery Essex), who wonders why people hate her dad and if he'll die before her mom because he's so much older. 041b061a72