Shut In

Shut In

Farren Blackburn (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Naomi Watts brings far too much star power to a daft and contrived psychodrama that's a rainy-day hoot rather than must-see big-screen entertainment. Here she plays a clinical psychologist who's in self-imposed isolation following the crash that killed her husband and left her teenage stepson homebound with locked-in syndrome, but then finds herself "haunted" by what appears to be the sights and sounds of a missing child. As a snowstorm builds outside her New England home, the trapped widow goes quietly ga-ga. Or does she? Jam-packed with more jump-out-of-your-skin bits than you can shake several sticks at, Shut In is overwrought, cliché-ridden and often downright silly. It's more likely to have the viewer giggling in disbelief than gasping with shock. But it also constitutes something of a guilty pleasure.


While a fierce storm rages outside, a reclusive woman living with her catatonic son becomes convinced her house is haunted by the ghost of a young boy. Psychological thriller, starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt.

Cast & Crew

Mary Portman Naomi Watts
Dr Wilson Oliver Platt
Stephen Portman Charlie Heaton
Tom Jacob Tremblay
Doug Hart David Cubitt
Lucy Clementine Poidatz
Director Farren Blackburn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Some violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Feb 2017