The genre of Horror has over-time accumulated many sub-genres under it. So while we have the gore, the sudden jumps, and the screams, there still remains one of the most underrated sub-genres, that of suspense and the fear of the unknown. Static falls under this very category, cunningly taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride and keeping them guessing about the happenings in the story.
A couple, Jonathan and Addie Dade, played by Milo Ventimiglia and Sarah Shahi, living in their countryside home are coming to terms with the loss of their two-year-old son Thomas. Just as Jonathan, a writer, finishes his latest book, a stranger in distress enters their life. It is while trying to help Rachel (Sara Paxton) that the couple are forced to face the reality of the world around them and discover the truth behind the misery that has resulted in the breakdown of their marriage.
Static succeeds because it beautifully feeds on the depression and tension that is eating up this couple in mourning and uses this premise to take the story further, giving it just the right dose of suspense and mystery. What the story further does is presents the audience with various options ranging from a part home invasion to a psycho stalker to even at times a hint of events that may or may not lead to a crime of passion. In doing so, the film manages to slide in supernatural elements mixed with thrilling scenes and in the end as we are brought face to face with the truth, a sudden feeling of dread and realization of what really happened in the past hour.
While there are no standout performances in the film, all the actors do well. The film isn’t without a few faults in general. Some of the cardinal rules of a horror film are followed, which means throwing common sense out of the window. Although, at times while I was borderline annoyed with some of the events taking place and the way in which they took place (I am avoiding spoilers by not giving out details), everything does make sense in the end and brings the entire story from the very first act till the last together as one.
It is the slow build-up of tension, and the minimalistic dialogue throughout the film, followed by a general sense of something being grossly amok, that makes Static a must watch.
Release Date: 15 July 2013
Running Time: 80 minutes