Netflix continues to offer horror fans the goods as October rolls on.
How’s the Halloween horror binge going?
‘Tis the season to get home after a long day and immerse yourself in the spookier side of film and television. Thanks to Netflix, it couldn’t be any easier!
Many would argue that the streaming service is still slacking when it comes to cinema, and yes, it’s obvious that TV is their focus. However, there are so many terrific films to stream whenever you’re ready, and that extends to the horror genre too. Boasting classics and modern favourites, there are so many titles perfect for October viewing.
Admittedly though, we tend to gravitate to newer releases, and actually, there have been some notable genre efforts to surface recently. In the Tall Grass – an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella – attracted discussion just lately, and on Friday, October 18th 2019, Eli arrived to scare audiences with its tale of the titular young boy (Charlie Shotwell) suffering from a rare disease. Directed by Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2), it does well to convey a real sense of mystery, but could we see the character return to screens?
Will there be an Eli 2?
There are currently no reports of Eli returning for a sequel.
Honestly, it would be hard to imagine Netflix rolling with a follow-up feature, as they rarely tend to follow up projects of this kind.
Then there’s the fact that Eli stands up fairly well on its own, and in the wake of its conclusion, there aren’t exactly questions we’d deem are imperative to answer. Sure, there’s an element of ambiguity and the sense that more could come, but it doesn’t really feel worth exploring…
Let’s talk about the ending
Late in the film, we learn that Eli is actually the son of Satan; yeah, that’s a pretty big bombshell to drop about your central character.
It’s revealed that the third treatment he’s to undergo is actually a ritual intended to kill him and keep the evil deep within him at bay. However, the young boy harnesses his powers to prevent it from taking place, burning his captors alive.
As the explanation behind it all escalates, his mother confesses that she turned to Satan after having trouble conceiving, saying that the demon lied to her about the child’s future. When his father attempts to kill him, Eli overpowers him and manages to do the job, forcing him and his mother to flee and meet Haley, who it turns out is also the spawn of Satan.
We then close on the three of them driving away from the facility. So, it’s definitely possible that the story could be continued. After all, they’re still alive. We could follow them as they come to terms with the burden of their origins, but it certainly doesn’t demand it. If every movie with an open-ending of sorts warranted a sequel, perhaps no horror-movie would be left without one. We suspect it was a project, which thanks to a more modest budget of $11 million, was a no-brainer to roll out for Halloween audiences and move on.
What do audiences think of Eli?
A sequel isn’t necessary, but how has Eli been received by audiences?
There’s no better place to check than Twitter. It’s IMDb audience score of 5.9 suggests viewers are divided, and that seems to be the Twitter verdict too.
One wrote: “Eli movie on Netflix is GREAT. Love the storyline and shifting of events. Totally recommended.” However, some have been more on the fence, with another tweeting: “Just finished Eli on Netflix. Interesting horror/haunted house/mystery movie, if a little unsure of what it wants to be. This one is very much a case of too much, too early to keep the scares and tension alive but the twists will keep you on your toes once past the halfway point.”
On the contrary, one argued: “Eli on Netflix isn’t even scary… I wasted an hour & a half of my life today that I’ll never get back after watching.”
You can’t please them all!
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