Having just watched There’s Someone Inside Your House made me realize how clever John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club (1985) was because it managed to create a realistic scenario revolving around a group of people interacting with each other that under virtually any other circumstances would have nothing to do with each other.
Someone ought to have shown it to the producers of There’s Someone Inside Your House because they clearly needed a North Star to guide their way.
There’s Someone Inside Your House works similar to The Breakfast Club in that it also revolves around a diverse group of high school students though it’s worth mentioning that the diversity of TSIYH is primarily a physical one – people with different skin colors, sexualities and concepts of gender, as opposed to those that stem from being part of different cliques and positions on the social strata – though unlike The Breakfast Club it never gives us even a hint of why these people give a damn about each other besides the most patronizing of reasons, namely some have different skin colors, speak different languages, have different ideas of gender or have sexualities that differ from the majority of people in society, etc.
Now, keep in mind I’m not saying that these people shouldn’t join together; what I am saying is that they have relatively little in common – despite physical differences, which in a world approximating the real one we all live in likely wouldn’t be enough reason for these people to band together.
And that’s a pity because the violence of the movie has a really cool retro vibe, reminiscent of movies like Friday The 13th, which was neat.
Another area the movie doesn’t work as well as it should is the central mystery (Who’s filleting high school students) because it’s so fairly obvious that you’d probably find more challenging mysteries in an episode of Scooby-Doo.