Cobweb Movie Review

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Cobweb is a new addition to the huge world of horror movies. It takes viewers into a world where looks can be deceiving and secrets lie beneath the surface. The movie, which was written and directed by Chris Thomas Devlin and Samuel Bodin and stars Lizzy Caplan, Antony Starr, Woody Norman, and Cleopatra Coleman, is at its best when it creates an atmosphere of mystery and tension.


Story Analysis

The concept behind Cobweb is surprisingly simple: Peter, who is 8 years old and played by Woody Norman, stays awake every night because he hears knocking coming from the other side of his bedroom wall. Unfortunately, when he tells his overprotective parents, Carol and Mark, about the noises, they tell him that he is making them up. Peter starts to think that not everything his parents have told him is true when the nightly knocks start to sound like a little girl’s voice.


Chris The script by Thomas Devlin is pleasantly short, and it doesn’t take too long between each plot point. In the first scene of the ibomma movie, Peter wakes up to the sound of knocks on his room door that he doesn’t see. Ten minutes later, those knocks have turned into a strange talk between Peter and a little girl who seems to live inside his walls. In a similar way, Peter’s strange home life doesn’t take long to get the attention of his loving replacement teacher, Miss Devine (an underused Cleopatra Coleman), and to put him at odds with his own parents.

The Cast

Caplan and Starr, for their parts, play up the clear badness of their roles. In Cobweb, Bodin never tries to make you think that Carol and Mark aren’t hiding something. Instead, the first two acts of Cobweb are funny because they show how bad they are as parents and make you think over and over again about what secrets they might be trying to keep from their son. Caplan, in particular, gives such a frantic, overeager performance as Peter’s mom that, for a while, it’s hard to tell if she’s a bad guy or just a mother who can’t show how much she loves her child.



The director used the house in the middle of the movie in a clever and entertaining way. This is especially true when Peter’s hiding place under his bed is used against him. The scene in question is not only scary but downright ridiculous, and it ends with a visual punch line that’s both scary and funny. Finally, the precision of Cobwebs third act sets it even further apart from the first two-thirds, which have a not-so-stable vocal balance.


Final Words

Some people might find the tone of Cobweb too uneven, the characters too stereotypical, and the acting too over the top. But for true horror fans, Cobweb has simple and energizing joys to offer. At times, the movie seems to have come right out of the pages of a 20th-century paperback horror book, the kind that made Christopher Pike (The Midnight Club) and R.L. Stine (Fear Street) is famous. Overall, Cobweb is exciting and fun. It’s both interesting and scary. And that’s the best kind of web to get caught in while watching a scary movie. Lionsgate put the movie The Cobweb out in theaters on July 21.



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