If you're a horror enthusiast, you might have been excited to checkout "Cobweb". Directed by Samuel Bodin and featuring a talented cast including Lizzy Caplan, Woody Norman, Cleopatra Coleman, and Antony Starr, the film had the potential to be a gripping addition to the horror genre. However, what I found instead was a movie that barely passed the bar of what makes a decent horror flick.
One of the first things that struck me about "Cobweb" was the overuse of modern horror motifs. It's as if the filmmakers had a checklist of horror cliches and decided to throw them all into this one. From creepy settings in the house to classrooms that we've seen in thousands of other movies, there was a distinct lack of originality in the mise-en-scene. While some may argue that the filmmakers wanted these cliches to be overtly noticeable, it doesn't necessarily make it a good decision. It almost felt like they were trying too hard to fit the mold of what a horror movie should be.
Despite having a talented cast, the performances in "Cobweb" often came across as wooden. Much of this can be attributed to the unnatural dialogue the actors were given to work with. Additionally, the awkwardness of some characters, particularly the parents, felt forced and at odds with the overall tone of the film. While they were meant to serve as red herrings, any modern horror enthusiast could see right through it, making their interactions feel comical and hammy in a movie that was supposed to be taken seriously.