Unwelcome is a mess when it comes to tone.

A couple escape their urban nightmare to the tranquility of rural Ireland, only to hear stories of mysterious creatures who live in the gnarled, ancient woods at the foot of their garden. As warned by their new neighbors, the creatures come when called to help souls in dire need of rescue, but it’s crucial to remember that there’s always a dear price to pay for their aid.

Unwelcome is an odd one and I don’t mean that in a good way, this is the very definition of not deciding what sort of tone you want for your movie. 

The first few minutes of the movie is actually kind of dark, performances from Hannah John-Kamen and Douglas Booth make it work quite well (although the script does hurt it a bit), then soon after that the movie goes for this throwback to the attack of little creatures era. You know like Ghoulies, Critters, Gremlins and maybe even the Leprechaun franchise? Which I’m all for we haven’t had one of those types of movies in awhile, the problem is where as those movies knew what sort of tone they wanted and stuck with it. Unwelcome doesn’t do that, it wants to be one of those movies but at the same time wants to be taken seriously. 

That’s especially shown when the goblins start attacking, the scenes aren’t anywhere near as goofy as you would expect. They have this very odd serious tone to them that makes them goofy in a sort of way that isn’t very fun at all, I will give Unwelcome this…it’s a nice movie to look at. There’s a surprising amount of decently well done shots here that really caught me off guard, they might not be anything to write home about but they do match the setting quite well. 

Lastly there’s the writing which as I hinted at before it’s not exactly that great, while it’s not terrible it does fall on the bare bones side of things. Something you can get elsewhere and far better too. 

Unwelcome is at least decently made and has some good moments, but ultimately has a very hard time deciding what sort of tone it wants to go for. 

Unwelcome is available on all VOD platforms. 

4/10 D+


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