Starting with Emma (Adelaide Clemens) running through the woods trying her hardest to avoid traps including glass and foot traps we get an opening sequence to pull us right in. BOOM the title No One Lives. Cut to a loving couple Driver (Luke Evans) and Betty (Laura Ramsey) checking into a motel learning that the same missing girl has been gone for over 11 months.
When a group of highwaymen’s routine job goes horribly wrong leader Hoag (Lee Tergesen) blames Flynn (Derek Magyar) and his trigger happy ways. This leads to Flynn being ordered to make up for it. Cue the meeting between the two parties. Leading to Flynn attacking the travelling couple leads to the first of a secret about Driver that he is the one who kidnapped Emma and after the gang kills Betty, they discover they are in a fight against a man who will not stop at anything a true psychopath to get back what is his.
The game starts when Driver sets trap around the house, while the highwaymen are trying to figure out what to do next knowing that they are now being hunted by a deranged killer and have his girl who has a $2 million reward on her head.
What makes this little horror gem stand out is the way it plays out that the psychopath is the good guy, who has been training his captive to be his apprentice. Having him go up against the larger group even though they are bad guys, goes against the normal in a horror film. The captive states with the blankest expression what will happen to the group, while all gore flies from wall to wall with each attack, trap or kill.
It is fair to say the only likeable character in this film is Driver, because he is blunt, ruthless and most of all emotionless throughout, he kills anyone without any remorse. It could also have been the birth of a new franchise, because of the quality of Driver character but chooses to be a one off film.
Luke Evans is absolutely brilliant in the role of Driver full of intensity that not many actors have achieved in the modern horror. Even though this film struggled in the box office his performance has easily show his talent before he got bigger roles in Fast & Furious 6.
This is an absolute most watch for all the horror fans out there, it seemed to go under the radar, but go out your way to see this you will be rewarded, because the basics are very common but so many ABC rules of horror get broken here to make this a truly enjoyable bloodbath of a film.
My rating 8.5/10