Hide and Seek

"Come out, come out, wherever you are!"

That command is familiar to everyone who has played the children's game, Hide and Seek. The words and game take us back to an innocent, carefree time in our lives, where the simple goal was to find hiding playmates.  Many children could even enjoy a spirited game with imaginary friends.But then, imaginary friends can sometimes seem so real…For young Emily Callaway, her games of Hide and Seek with an imaginary friend named Charlie have become anything but simple and innocent.   Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that even her father David cannot stop.  Who - or what - is Charlie? David wonders.  How can an "imaginary" entity have this kind of hold on her?  Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence?                


Full of twists and turns Hide and Seek is a good scary movie. It's a perfect date movie for someone you want to get closer too. I was halfway in my dates lap through most of the film.  I pride myself in finding it easy to know where the story of a movie is going. And it is a real treat when I am either fooled or just have no idea what is going to happen next. Hide and Seek is such a film. Not only was I wrong about what was happening but most of the time I just had no idea of where we were being lead.  I won't go into the plot and suggest you shield yourself from those who want to tell you all about it. Instead go experience it for yourself.

The first time screenwriter Ari Schlossberg says, "I wanted to write a really scary movie. I grew up in New York City, and the woods always held an element of fear for me. So of course I set my story in a rural woodsy town." In keeping with his story's suspenseful, eerie elements, Schlossberg often wrote sitting in the dark, at night, acting out all the roles himself. Producer Barry Josephson was among the first to read Schlossberg's work. "The script scared the hell out of me," Josephson remembers. I just couldn't put it down."  The screenplays suspense and thrills helped draw director John Polson to the project, but he most appreciated the story's father-daughter relationship. "A father trying to save his daughter from something… or someone… neither one understands, makes for a really exciting dynamic," says Polson. Dakota Fanning who plays 9 year old Emily recalls her first reading of the script "I started reading it in my room, upstairs, but I got so scared I had to go downstairs, where my dad and sister were to finish reading it".

A superbly eerie and frightening film Hide and Seek has an all star cast starring Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Meet the Fockers) as the father David Callaway with a performance full of anguish fear and vulnerability.  Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam, Man on Fire) played the daughter Emily Callaway. Donning a dark wig and under eye makeup, which gave her an eerie, haunted look through out the film. Fanning a consummate professional  has been acting for only four years gives a performance which shows she is gifted beyond her years. Director Polson says "Dakota blows my mind; there's just no other way to put it. Working with her is like working with an incredibly talented 35 year old.

"The cast also boasts of award winning Amy Irving (Carrie, The Fury, Crossing Delancy) as the mother Alison Callaway.  Famke Janssen (X-men, I Spy) as the psychologist Katherine and Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas,Cocktail) as Elizabeth Young. Dylan Baker (Kinsey, Spider Man 2) as Sheriff Hafferty.

Go see this film and be careful not to drop your drink or popcorn as your jumping from fright and bring someone you can hold onto. You'll need the support.

Hide and Seek
Opens in Theatres January 28th Nationwide 
Rated: R
Photo © Copyright 20th Century Fox 
Photo Credit: K.C. Bailey

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