Hatching is the perfect example of the quote: “Things are not always what they seem”. Tinja is a young gymnast who is plagued by an obsession to please her self-committed, narcissistic mother, who does everything she can to portray a perfect family on her video blog. After Tinja finds a strange egg in the forest, she takes it home and takes care of it until it hatches. She quickly becomes attached to the creature that appears and tries to keep it hidden, but we quickly see that it is easier said than done.
This movie was deep. It’s definitely not a regular horror movie. It touched on many issues that affect ordinary people, which can essentially be considered terrible. I was fascinated by all the characters. They all had specific problems that kept them from living in reality. This movie was very well made. From acting to cinematography to plot. It all worked when put together and kept me fascinated throughout the story. I like how they made the creature an extension of Tinja. The part that she was never allowed to show because of her controlling mother. Through her relationship with this being, Tinja apparently experiences what true, unconditional love really is. Even with all the deep trouble, horror fans still get a good portion of rough and bloody moments. This movie did not disappoint and I just loved it!
There was not really anything I did not like about the film. It is a foreign film (Finland), so of course it had subtitles. I’m not the biggest fan of subtitles, but it did not even bother me because the story was so good!
It’s hard these days to find an original story, especially in horrors that catch you, like Hatching does. A dignified entry into the body thriller subgenre of horror. A subtle, yet disturbing, horror film that is definitely worth watching.
- Actor – 9.5 / 10
- Cinematography / visual effects – 8.5 / 10
- Plot / script – 10/10
- Setting / Theme – 8/10
- Attraction – 9/10
- Reciprocity – 8/10