Release Year: 2019
Directed By: Ciaran Foy
Starring: Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, Sadie Sink, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini
Release Date: Friday, Oct. 18
Horror movies aren’t for everyone, and that’s just a fact. Some binge-watchers among us prefer to watch seasonal fare like Hocus Pocus or less frightening chillers like the Scream franchise. But for those who feel a rush from getting scared and riding that wave of unease, there’s nothing like a tried-and-true horror film to celebrate October. This month, Netflix debuts a couple of original horror films, one of which is the haunting Eli. You might want to watch this one with the lights on.
Like all the scariest horror movies, Eli centers on a child named Eli (Charlie Shotwell), who’s receiving treatment for a rare and debilitating illness. Eli has been shut out from the outside world and lives in quarantine at a secluded clinic. However, Eli’s parents’ trust in his doctor (Lili Taylor) backfires when the intense methods of care Eli undergo soon haunts him, literally and figuratively, and he has no way out of the harrowing experiences taking over his life.
Eli comes from director Ciaran Foy, who has a pair of films coming to Netflix this month, including Eli and the aforementioned Sinister 2. The film was originally set up with Paramount Players, but Netflix stepped in when the previous distributor couldn’t figure out how to market the film. Clearly, you set if for streaming a couple of weeks before Halloween to capitalize on the seasonal spooks and pair it with the directors older horror film. Prepare for a bone-chilling time when Eli premieres on Oct. 18.