When Run was released on Hulu in November, it almost immediately became the streaming platform’s most-watched original film.
Run has a lot going for it: the storyline is tense and harrowing, and the compelling lead performances by Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen are the icing on the cake. Plus, who among us these days can’t relate at all to the subject of isolation, presented so tightly in an 89 minute film?
Diane and her wheelchair-ridden daughter Chloe seem to get along quite well, but Chloe starts to question her mother’s motives after she finds a suspicious prescription bottle in a bag with the weekly groceries. She’s already wondered why there have been zero responses to the college applications she submitted, so she decides to do some digging around.
But how can she dig around once the internet goes out? It’s not like Chloe can just walk out the front door, hop in the car, and dash off to the pharmacy. And when she does figure out what’s going on, how is she going to get away, especially since dear old Mom has locked her in her room?
The script had some issues, but they were easy to overlook, especially when those issues were balanced out by Paulson’s unhinged Diane, and Allen’s sympathetic and ultimately bad-a** Chloe. Kudos to the Run filmmakers for casting Allen, who actually relies on a wheelchair for mobility, just as Chloe does.
I you enjoyed Run, we at 1428 Elm are more than happy to recommend a couple of other films that have the same feel, and we will start with another Hulu original; one with a similar storyline. The biggest difference is that The Act is based on an insane true story, that of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee.
Joey King plays Gypsy, a teenager with a myriad of diseases and difficulties. She is confined to a wheelchair, and cared for by her doting mother Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette), who has taken full advantage of free trips, housing and media attention offered by people who are sympathetic to her and Gypsy’s plight.
Gypsy finds out that she is actually four years older than her mother claims, and that many of her medical issues have, in fact, been caused by unneeded medications and surgical procedures. She begins communicating online with Nick, and things escalate to the point where Gypsy enlists his help escaping from her mother.
The escape involves the murder of Dee Dee, and Gypsy and Nick go on the run. It’s a jaw-dropping (and fascinating) story, and just as in Run, the two lead actresses keep viewers riveted, wondering just what will happen next.
For our next recommendation, let’s jump over to Tubi, where you can watch Chained. When a mother and her young son are abducted by their cab driver Bob (played to chilling effect by Vincent D’Onofrio), mom does not survive the event. Bob keeps the boy, naming him Rabbit and keeping him chained to a wall.
Years later, Bob considers himself a father figure to Rabbit, and begins to train him to take over the “family” business of serial killing. He forces Rabbit to choose a young female victim, then gives him a horrible choice: Rabbit must either kill the girl himself, or Bob will do it.
Chained is a very suspenseful film, and there are moments you feel for Rabbit so much that it seems like you’re in his skin. It also has an unexpected final act twist.
So, here’s a final thought for our readers: the next time you feel like you are trapped in your house, watch one of these three films and things won’t seem so bad.
What are your favorite housebound horror films? Tell us all about them in the comments section.