Let Me Out Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
This Mini-Web Series came out 2 years ago and I didn't even know a thing about it until I came across it while surfing through one of my favorite channels: Shudder. If you're not subscribed to this channel I highly suggest you do. Especially if you're a huge fan of the Horror genre. It has so many movies within the genre, of the present and the past, hidden gems, Shudder Exclusives that you won't be able to find anywhere else. And all for a very affordable price per month. If I Myself can afford it, you need not worry because you can be certain that you'll be able to as well.
Now when I say Mini-Web Series in reference to LET ME OUT: THE RUSSIAN SLEEP EXPERIMENT, I mean MINI. At just merely 7 episodes and the duration of each episode only lasting 5-6 minutes, it tells the story of a group of US individuals who were captured in 1978 and used as guinea pigs for an experiment for a group of Russian scientists. The Experiment: To keep these individuals awake for a certain amount of days by emitting a gas agent into their room, and then to report what happens to them. While this story is based on an actual event, writer/director/creator Riccardo Greco and his producing team took several liberties with facts to accommodate their story. The first fact is that it actually took place in the late 1940's. And also while the synopsis for this web series on Shudder describes that the group of people that are held captive are suppose to be from the US and the scientists are suppose to be Russian, this is an all Italian production. Which made me chuckle, but hey, I get it. I'm sure this was made on a limited budget. And this Web Series was inspired by a well made segment by a YouTube channel called "Creepypasta". And that is even acknowledged in the end credits of the last episode.
I thought the actors gave great performances in certain scenes. It was well directed, photographed, shot, and edited. However the one thing that I wished they would've paid more attention to were the group of people held captive. Sure they would jump back and forth from the captives to the captors conducting the experiment. But I felt they paid way too much attention to the Russian scientists and what they were plotting and planning and what their next objectives were. Honestly I felt it didn't matter what they were going to do next. I didn't really care about that. I wanted to see a lot more of the group of captives. The people who were being experimented on. I wanted to know the process of what they were going through, what they say to each other. I wanted to know more about them. I'm not saying we don't get to know Anything, but I am saying we don't get know enough. Not enough to truly care about what's happening to them and why they end up doing what they do after a certain amount of days. It's much more tragic, dramatic and interesting to stay with those being experimented on. I honestly could've cared less about the scientists. I do love the concept however! What makes the story horrifying, whether it has been embellished, fictionalized or straight out of history, is the fact that human beings will do deplorable things to one another. Sometimes just to gain knowledge about the unknown. All that, this is a solid little entertaining web series that you can only find on Shudder. Give it a gander!
Writer/Director: Riccardo Greco
Produced by: Davide Abate