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No One Gets Out Alive trailer breakdown: Netflix horror builds up an eerie, inescapable atmosphere

Starring Cristina Rodlo, the horror thriller is set to release on Netflix on September 29

Akshay Krishna
Sep 13, 2021
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Netflix has released a poster and trailer for the horror thriller, No One Gets Out Alive. Directed by Santiago Menghini, the movie is based on the horror novel of the same name written by Adam Nevill.

The trailer, while it reveals large portions of the story of the movie, is packed with elements of horror and suspense. The movie follows a young illegal immigrant woman who takes up a room in a boarding house. She soon ends up trapped in a hellish nightmare with no escape, literally. 

The first few shots of the trailer establishes the house, a creepy place that no one would want to spend time at. The house, which has only female inmates, is scarier from the inside, with flickering lights, broken wallpaper, scratch marks on the walls and creepy floorboards. The house in itself sets the mood for the horror flick. 

To make matters worse, we are soon introduced to a presence in the house, that too in a shot from a shower. When the guy who introduces the place to the protagonist warns, “The basement is private,” and another woman exclaims, “There is something wrong with this place,” you know things will get ugly in the movie.  

The trailer also shows a first hand interaction with an apparition that says, “I must prepare you.” You even hear a voice over that says, “Please, don’t try to leave. You will make it worse,” as the woman is seen with a packed bag in a public train, which soon clears out after some scary flickering of lights. 


The video hints that the film will stick to the conventional formula of horror filmmaking, with its dark theme, disturbing environment, dim lighting and jump scares. But the movie is intriguing, because of the source material. Nevill’s novel is dark, ominous and creates a world of inescapable horror that calls out for a screen adaptation. 

The movie, which looks to have taken inspiration from films like Panic Room and the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House for building its eerie atmosphere, sets itself apart through the situations of its characters, who seem to have delivered strong performances from the trailer. Starring Cristina Rodlo in the leading role, the movie is set to release globally on Netflix on September 29. 

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