ABOUT THE FILM
Don’t Breathe is a 2016 film directed by Fede Alvarez who also co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. He also produced the film with Sam Raimi Robert Tapert. The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang.
Fede Alvarez admitted that making this film was a reaction to some of the criticisms he had received for his first film, Evil Dead. The criticism was focused on the level of blood, the attempts to shock the audience and ultimately a re-make.
In contrast, he wanted Don’t Breathe to have less blood with more focus on suspense rather than shock. He didn’t want the film to have a supernatural theme due to his belief that it was trendy. Instead, he chose their adversary to be blind which was deliberate in order to make the Blind Man character original and unique. Fede Alvarez explained, “Sometimes you naturally give them powers and make them more menacing than a normal person, so we thought what if we do the other way around and take his eyes out and make him a blind person”.
Fede Alvarez called Don’t Breathe an exercise in reversal meaning he wanted to move away from the stereotypical scenes in horror movies such as having a scary house on a home street or for a home invasion story that is told from the point of view of the invaders.
Although the film is set in Detroit the principle photography was completed in Hungary. The director welcomed the filming being completed in Hungary as it allowed for less studio interference.
Don’t Breathe received positive reviews from critics and moviegoers alike. It was a commercial success and at the box office earned $153,219,180 worldwide against a production budget of $9.9m.
Year of Film
Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Crime | Horror | Thriller
Budget: $9,900,000 (Estimated)
Opening Weekend: $26,411,706 (USA)
Gross: $152,898,785 (Worldwide)