Newcomer Evan joins a group of teens on a getaway in Joshua Tree desert. While everyone was telling ghost stories around the campfire, Evan reads aloud a mysterious chant from a random internet site and unknowingly summons something called "Hisji"...a twisted shape shifting entity that mimics their appearances to hide among them...in order to fulfill a deadly ritual.
It had a pretty promising concept, particularly liked the way the film took the time to reveal the idea behind this entity that can take anyone's look & blend into the group, then slowly started to confuse them one by one through its initial harmless presence just around the corner. At times, even reminded me of IT FOLLOWS!
But what it mainly lacks was ambiguity, which is much needed for a this kind of concept. Specially the final act becomes quite a let down when they revealed too much about Hisji...at one point they even showed the entity!...resulting a very mediocre ending. Moreover, the off-screen death scenes was another disappointment, at least they could have shown the bodies.
It could have been more twisted & creepy with another rewrites, I guess or treatment from a better director(s) i.e. Christopher Smith (TRIANGLE) or the director duo of THE ENDLESS (2017).
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