Something in the air is hinting that autumn is on the way, and that means Halloween and more horror movies are coming. This weekend a new twist on a modern trope arrives in theaters with director Jacob Estes’ new film Don’t Let Go. Estes is a relatively new director, with the horror classic Ring sequel Rings under his belt. His latest project is billed as drama, fantasy, horror, mystery, and thriller, and it’s from Blumhouse, so expect plenty of blood and gore. The trailer suggests it has a science fiction element, too.
That’s the part that looks like the modern sci-fi movie classic Frequency (later made into a TV series), which starred Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel as a father and son who can communicate via HAM radio, years after the father’s death. In Frequency (despite the rantings of how time travel works in Avengers: Endgame, ahem) you are able to alter the past, and in Don’t Let Go it looks like it relies on the same understanding of time. After a man’s brother, sister-in-law, and their daughter/his niece are murdered, he gets a phone call from the niece, only she’s calling him her funeral–from two weeks ago. So just like in Frequency, it’s up to the lead character to prevent a murder. Time travel with a twist, this time with a horror set-up.
Don’t Let Go stars David Oyelowo (The Cloverfield Paradox, Star Wars Rebels, Jack Reacher, A Sound of Thunder, As Time Goes By) as an ex-L.A. cop, with Mykelti Williamson as his partner, Alfred Molina as their boss, Brian Tyree Henry as his brother, and young actor Storm Reid as his niece. Whodunnit? The cop, his partner, his brother, or the criminal element laid out in the trailer?
Here’s the trailer:
Don’t Let Go arrives in theaters nationwide this weekend.