As we get closer and closer to Halloween, movie lovers are queuing up the best spooky films to indulge in. Netflix's latest addition to its horror slate is No One Gets Out Alive, based on the novel of the same name.
The film follows Ambar (Cristina Rodlo), an undocumented immigrant who leaves Mexico to chase the American dream. She winds up in a boarding house which quickly devolves into a nightmare she can't escape.
It's a gruesome and slightly gross movie, so you'll be forgiven for watching it through your fingers. If you did and missed some crucial bits don't worry, we're here to explain just what happened. No One Gets Out Alive spoilers follow.
We don't begin the film with Ambar, but instead with another woman speaking Portuguese on the phone to her brother, saying she wants to repair her relationship with her father, but the brother seems doubtful it will work. The lights flicker and the phone disconnects, spurring her to search the house only to find an open stone box covered in moths.
Suddenly she's grabbed from behind and screams as she vanishes from sight. We then begin with Ambar; having delayed her plans to leave Mexico due to her mother's illness, she works a factory job and takes a room in a boarding house that doesn't require ID.
The house is owned by Red (Marc Menchaca) and Ambar struggles to make ends meet, desperately needing a Texas ID so she can go on a job interview set up by her second cousin, who doesn't know she is undocumented. The house begins to get creepy, with strange noises and distant screaming, and Ambar explores, finding a record that plays occultist sermons and photos of Red's family.
Other women move into the house, and Ambar also spies another man despite Red's rule of only women. Red explains it's his brother Becker, who is unwell.
Ambar makes the mistake of trusting a coworker who says she'll loan Ambar the rest of the money it takes to get a Texas ID by Friday, only to disappear with Ambar's slim earnings. She goes home to ask for her deposit back and Red surprisingly agrees.
However, before she can get the money she has a run-in with Becker that scares her enough to flee the house, but not before begging her cousin for help (which he refuses as he's out of town). Ambar is seeing things, having visions of memories with her dying mother, and continuing to hear distant screaming and other noises.
Red finds her at a diner and says he has to bring her back to the house to get her money, but when they return he reveals that he's simply kidnapped her for his brother's desires.
Meanwhile, her cousin Beto has come to help her only to get murdered by Becker before he can let Ambar out of her room. Red enters it, explaining that Becker murdered their father and then started murdering other undocumented women and, when their mother found out, made her help before killing her too (nice bloke).
Becker comes in and forces Ambar to drink wine before locking her up with the other women. Ambar nearly convinces Red to let her go, but Becker appears and smears blood over her face, hoisting her over his shoulder and bringing her to the basement.
He lays her on a stone bed and Ambar begins to relive the memory of one of her last conversations with her mother, where she comments on Ambar's beautiful hair. At the same time, a creature appears from the stone box — it's a spider-like creature with a human head obscured by some membrane, and arms that come down out of its core to pull it into a mouth-like thing.
However, Ambar — in her memory — refuses her mother's request for her to stay and then smothers her mother with a pillow. It's unclear whether this actually happened, or whether this is Ambar's subconscious fighting against the monsters. Either way, she thwarts it and it retreats back into the box.
Ambar grabs what looks like a wooden cricket bat with sharp edges and goes after Red and Becker. She immobilises Red, but Becker manages to step on her ankle and break it, then throws one of the other women over the stairway railing to her death.
With Becker distracted, Ambar manages to rush him and bludgeons him to death, then turns her attention to Red who she brings to the basement sacrificial chamber and puts him on the stone bed for the creature to eat — which it does. Ambar hobbles out towards the front door, but before she leaves she sees a moth flying around her, which she can seemingly control.
Ambar snaps her broken ankle back into place, the film closes with her staring out into the hallway, sunlight filtering through the door's glass pane. We're left wondering, then, whether or not she has the power of the creature, or if she was the creature all along, if she killed her mother, and what really happened to her in that basement.
No One Gets Out Alive is now available to watch on Netflix.
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