NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE on Netflix is a horror movie with a slow pace at first, but a very strong ending. The cast features Cristina Rodlo in the lead with the always amazing Marc Menchaca in a key role. Read our full No One Gets Out Alive movie review here!
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE is a new Netflix horror movie. You do need to prepare for a slower pace during the first two acts. Sure, there are moments of horror, but not just in the classic “horror movie way”. We’re also dealing with some social commentary and real-life horror, which is just as scary.
Also, while I did find parts of this Netflix horror movie to be too slow at times, the ending definitely makes it worth checking out. With a runtime of just 85 minutes, it is ultimately very much worth your time.
Continue reading our No One Gets Out Alive movie review below.
A small but strong cast
The absolute star of No One Gets Out Alive on Netflix is Cristina Rodlo as Ambar. She is trying to do everything she can in order to build a life in the US. A hard worker, she keeps her head down and treats people right. Cristina Rodlo (The Terror season 2) delivers a strong and heartfelt portrayal of an immigrant fighting for her place in a new country.
In another key role, we see Marc Menchaca who has quickly become an absolute favorite of mine. He is always brilliant in every single thing he does. You may know him from the Netflix series Ozark, the HBO adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider, or season 2 of The Sinner.
Or maybe from smaller genre movies such as Alone (2020) and Every Time I Die (2019).
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Also part of the cast in a key role is David Figlioli (Penny Dreadful: City of Angels). With his height and strong features, he seems made for horror movies.
In one of the smaller roles, you’ll see Cosmina Stratan as another immigrant struggling to make it in the US. Cosmina Stratan was also in the Danish horror movie Shelley (2016). In that movie, she left such an impact that I immediately recognized her in No One Gets Out Alive. With that in mind, her role in this new Netflix horror movie was way too little.
The ending of No One Gets Out Alive on Netflix
Because I am not as happy with this new Netflix movie as I hoped, I wanted to mention that the No One Gets Out Alive ending was actually really good. For horror fans, there are all kinds of supernatural elements that should satisfy most.
Talking about anything supernatural is hardly a spoiler for this movie since it’s obvious very early on. Sure, our main protagonist, Ambar (Cristina Rodlo), has nightmares. However, there are also people with shining eyes that appear all over the place, which is a pretty big indicator of something supernatural.
Also, quite a lot of blood will ultimately be flowing in this movie. Just sit through the slower parts and take in the story (and very important real-world issues covered). Then prepare for an ending that will be full-blown horror!
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Santiago Manghini is the director of No One Gets Out Alive. The story was written by Jon Croker who adapted the story from the novel by Adam Nevill. The story was moved from the UK to be set in the US and have a Mexican immigrant as the main character. Adam Nevill also wrote the novel that was adapted into the rather amazing Netflix movie The Ritual (2017).
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The screenplay for No One Gets Out Alive was written by Jon Croker and Fernanda Coppel. This is the first feature film for Fernanda Coppel. She previously worked on some major TV series including How to Get Away with Murder and Queen of the South.
Jon Croker has worked on various feature films. From The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death to Paddington 2.
I wish I could give No One gets Out Alive a much better and bigger endorsement than I feel comfortable with. Unfortunately, it felt too long even though it is only 85 minutes long. Still, the horror elements do work very well and the final third is actually very strong.
In other words, do check it out but be ready for a slow start that builds into a big finale!
No One Gets Out Alive is out on Netflix from September 29, 2021.
Director: Santiago Menghini
Writers: Jon Croker, Fernanda Coppel (Based on the Novel No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill)
Cast: Cristina Rodlo, Marc Menchaca, David Figlioli, Cosmina Stratan, Ilinca Neacşu, Victoria Alcock, Phil Robertson, Moronke Akinola, Vala Noren
Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) is embarking on her American Dream after years spent dutifully tending to her terminally ill mother in Mexico. She arrives in Cleveland illegally, with very little money and unsuitable clothing for what’s expected to be the coldest winter on record. After finding cash-in-hand work at a local garment factory, she rents the cheapest room available from Red (Marc Menchaca) in a near derelict boarding house. Kept awake by the other tenants’ sobbing, disturbing nightmares and strange unearthly noises echoing from the basement, Ambar begins to wonder exactly who – or what – lives inside the house with them. Soon it becomes clear that Ambar has walked into a trap, one where she will soon be introduced to the evil that has been lurking in the basement. Ambar must fight to escape her living nightmare, but in a house where no one listens to the screams, will she ever get out alive?