Hey everyone, Slick Dungeon here back with another movie review for ya.
Eli is a Netflix original horror film that packs a heck of a punch. I’m not easily scared and I have a pretty good stomach for gore so it surprised me just how much this one disturbed me in the end. There will be some spoilers here but I am not going to give away the ending here, for that you’ll have to see it for yourself.
Eli, played by Charlie Shotwell has a rare disease that has compromised his immune system. It’s so bad that he needs to live in a plastic bubble and wear a bio suit to just walk outside. His parents, Rose (played by Kelly Reilly) and Paul (played by Max Martini) have decided to take him to get some major but experimental treatment. To cure him, they take Eli to an old house that has been modernized with a filtration system to keep contaminants out. The doctor there, Dr. Horn (played by Lili Taylor) has radical but painful treatments ready for Eli. In a bit of a good news/bad news situation, the doctor may be able to cure Eli, but at the same time, the house may be haunted. Eli is stuck between death on the outside and who knows what on the inside.
As Eli sees evidence of what’s happening and starts discovering the secrets of where he is at, his parents do their best to keep hope alive for him and themselves. Eli starts seeing things but when he tells the doctor and his parents, they tell him he is just hallucinating, probably as a side effect of the medication. Eli’s only contact on the outside and potential hope of solving the mystery he is in, is Haley (played by Sadie Sink). She has been there before and knows something about what happened to patients before Eli.
There are only a few things that really freak me out in horror films. One of them is seeing kids in pain, and the other is medical procedures. So, this movie had the perfect combination to freak me the heck out. That said, I will say, I really thought I knew where this film was going and if I only thought it was average before the end, the ending elevated it for me.
The movie is not overly gory compared to a lot of horror films but I know this is one I am going to keep thinking about long from now. It’s a pretty masterful horror film overall. If you like horror and things that go bump in the night, this is a great way to spend about an hour and a half.