Director Bishal Dutta’s feature debut, “It Lives Inside,” is a supernatural horror thriller that centers around Sam, an Indian-American teenager. Sam’s struggle with her Indian heritage takes a sinister turn when she accidentally releases a demon that preys on her former best friend’s loneliness. To confront this malevolent force, Sam must confront her cultural identity. While the film’s premise is promising, it falls short in execution, feeling overly derivative and playing it safe. Despite this, “It Lives Inside” remains watchable and somewhat entertaining, largely due to Suri’s strong performance as Sam. Supporting actors Bajwa and Gabriel contribute emotionally rich scenes, and Dutta effectively creates a creepy atmosphere that gradually builds tension. However, the film relies too heavily on jump scares that miss the mark. Although the representation of Indian culture in a horror context is commendable, it fails to deliver the intended level of fright. Visit myflixer for more!
It Lives Inside | September 22, 2023 (United States)
Director: Bishal DuttaWriter: Bishal Dutta, Ashish MehtaStars: Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana KrishnanSummary: An Indian-American teenager struggling with her cultural identity has a falling out with her former best friend and, in the process, unwittingly releases a demonic entity that grows stronger... Read all
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Hindi