I'm not one to let horror films get under my skin—but this simple, highly effective ghost story left me hiding behind my hands more times than I care to admit. There might've even been a little whimpering. Maybe.
Along the same plotlines as 2007's lackluster Disturbia (which itself was along the same plotlines as Hitchcock's Rear Window), 100 Feet is the story of a woman under house arrest who's unable to venture beyond a 100-foot radius around her house. Serving time for the self-defense murder of her police officer husband, Marnie (Famke Janssen) must live a year in the confines of her NYC brownstone. However, her dead hubby is still a bit PO'ed about everything, and is determined to get his ghoulish revenge. In a few truly terrifying scenes he manages to make even the rats of the house want to vacate ASAP.
Director/writer Eric Red (who wrote 1986's The Hitcher) plays the film straight with some nods to gothic haunted-house fare (Famke, in an elaborate white nightie, climbs dusty stairs with only a candelabra for light), and the name "Marnie" has got to be a shoutout to Hitchcock. Overall, 100 Feet is a straight shooter—proving once again that the simplest way can be the best way to scare the bejesus out of an audience. Director Eric Red and actor Michael Paré in attendance.