The Twin is bringing creepy children to theaters, on-demand and digital, and streaming exclusively on Shunnder on Friday, May 6, 2022
The Twin is the English-language debut of writer/director Taneli Mustonen. The film follows the aftermath of a family after the loss of one of their twin sons. Rachel and her husband relocate with their surviving child to the other side of the world in hope of building a new life. What starts as a journey of healing in the countryside of Scandinavia soon takes a horrific left as Rachel begins to discover the torturous truth about her son and face the malevolent forces trying to get a hold of him.
The Twin “You Don’t Want to Hurt Mommy, Do You?” Clip
This is a big nope from me dawg. I do not do creepy children horror movies. I punted my little cousin while babysitting because the demon child had a nightmare and went into the dark hall and just sat there whaling. I’ve played Left 4 Dead, and that hellspawn sounded just like a witch. Plus the little being from an evil dimension didn’t turn on the lights. Not today satan. Then this movie is about The Twin? Hell no. You double the horror factor and enhance it by adding an inherently evil supernatural element? Pass.
If my freakout means anything, it means that writer/director Tanelo Mustonen has an amazing horror film in store for people willing to risk being traumatized by their child. Mustonen took part in the genre-focused event run by Fantasia and Canne’s Marché du Film, Frontières Platform. Then at the industry showcase Finnish Film Affair last year won the best fiction award and best project at VIFAN development forum in Korea.
The film is written by Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen and produced by Don Films’ Aleksi Hyvärinen (“Arrhythmia,” “Lake Bodom”), The Twin is executive produced by Joris van Wijk, Shudder’s Emily Gotto, Film Constellation’s Fabien Westerhoff, and Post Control Helsinki’s Toni Valla. The film is backed by Shudder, Playtime, Nordisk Film, the Finnish Film Foundation, Estonian Film Institute and the Finnish television channel MTV3.
With all the support behind The Twin and the ever-growing accomplishments of Taneli Mustonen, the film looks like it can be a horror great. That being said, still a hard NOPE because of the creepy horror kid. I’m sure Tristan Ruggeri does give an absolutely spectacular performance as both the living and evil twin. I will leave it to less risk-averse individuals or horror enthusiasts to tell me how good it is.
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About The Twin
Release: May 6, 2022, in Theaters, On Demand and Digital, and Stream Exclusively on Shudder
Director: Taneli Mustonen
Writers: Taneli Mustonen and Aleksi Hyvärinen
Executive Producers: Joris van Wijk, Shudder’s Emily Gotto, Film Constellation’s Fabien Westerhoff, and Post Control Helsinki’s Toni Valla
Produced By: Don Films’ Aleksi Hyvärinen (“Arrhythmia,” “Lake Bodom”)
Cast: Teresa Palmer as Rachel, Steven Cree as Athony, and Tristan Ruggeri as Elliot / Nathan.
Following the aftermath of a tragic accident that claimed the life of one of their twins, Rachel (Teresa Palmer) and husband Anthony (Steven Cree) relocate to the other side of the world with their surviving son in the hopes of building a new life. What begins as a time of healing in the quiet Scandinavian countryside soon takes an ominous turn when Rachel begins to unravel the torturous truth about her son and confronts the malicious forces attempting to take a hold of him. From Taneli Mustonen, director of Lake Bodom.