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ANDY’S RAT­ING: In cinemas on Thurs­day

IN April’s A Quiet Place we ner­vously watched a preg­nant Emily Blunt tip­toe around a farm to avoid rav­en­ous blind mon­sters with super-sharp hear­ing.

Now, a preg­nant San­dra Bul­lock is blind­folded to avoid in­vis­i­ble crea­tures that in­duce vi­sions mak­ing peo­ple want to kill them­selves. Sadly, I didn’t get in much of a flap watch­ing Su­sanne Bier’s Net­flix-pro­duced hor­ror which makes its home stream­ing debut on De­cem­ber 21.

The Dan­ish direc­tor won the 2011 For­eign Lan­guage Os­car for her drama In A Bet­ter World but she can’t milk enough scares out of nov­el­ist Josh Maler­man’s scary premise.

Af­ter most of hu­man­ity has committed sui­cide, Bul­lock’s Malo­rie is holed up in a sub­ur­ban home with a di­verse group of sur­vivors played by John Malkovich, Tre­vante Rhodes, Sarah Paul­son, Jacki Weaver and Lil Rel How­ery.

As this mis­matched group strug­gle to feed and pro­tect them­selves, Bier keeps cut­ting to fu­ture scenes of Malo­rie and two chil­dren try­ing to nav­i­gate a boat down a river. As they are all wear­ing blind­folds this is a lot trick­ier than it sounds.

Bul­lock is ex­cel­lent and there are a cou­ple of tense mo­ments, but hor­ror fans will feel short-changed in terms of shocks and chills.

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