What You Need To Know:
(NA, AB, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, M) New Age, pagan worldview featuring spiritual after-death experiences, Satan worship & sacrifice, women portrayed as helpless victims to evil, sadistic killer, & man seeks help from tarot card-reading "seer"; 22 obscenities & 14 profanities (most exclamatory); grotesque violence -- numerous gruesome & bloody murders, suicide in sacrifice to Satan, women targeted for ritualistic killings, & car crash; married intercourse depicted clearly; brief, partial male & female nudity; brief alcohol use in bar; and, brief cigarette smoking & heavy-metal music featured prominently throughout in Satan worship as well as stalking & murders.
Jeff Goldblum stars as Hatch Harrison, an average-Joe antique dealer who is “brought back” from death by a ground-breaking doctor following a fatal car crash. Good news, except that Hatch brings a little something back with him from the great beyond in HIDEAWAY, a fast-paced but predictable science fiction thriller based on the Dean Koontz novel and featuring a heavy dose of sick, Satanic, bloody violence against women.
An excellent performance by Jeff Goldblum is wasted in this predictable but offensive gore. The movie is scary, due simply to gruesome shock value. However, the element of an evil killer preying on young, defenseless women is too sick. Speaking of young, defenseless women, Alicia Silverstone is pitifully wooden in her role as the daughter Regina, while Christine Lahti is fairly good as her mom. The lighting and photography are good, but the special effects fail to impress, and the soundtrack is an endless rumble of heavy-metal Satanic grind. HIDEAWAY portrays a world of untapped spiritual power, made available by “fate” to good and bad alike to be used or abused. The innocent suffer much harm until someone “good” gets mad enough to fight back. Numerous bloody bodies later, there comes the showdown between “Good” and “Evil.” Expectedly, this good triumphs in the end, but not until Jeff Goldblum blows away the bad guy with his “good” shotgun.