There's just something about the way Adam Nevill writes that scares the bejesus out of me. It's partly his visceral, gutt-wrenching descriptions; partly his relatable, likable, believably flawed characters; and partly the situations he puts them in.
In "Last Days," struggling, destitute filmmaker, Kyle, gets the opportunity to make the best documentary he's ever made, the one that will put him on the map and at the same time wipe out his crushing financial debt. The only thing is, he might not survive the shoot.
But even when things take a turn during filming and start to get weird, and then outright terrifying, I understood why Kyle doesn't call it a wrap. You know those moments in horror movies when the characters do foolish things that are completely unmotivated and cause you to shake your fist and yell at the TV, "What are you doing? Don't go outside! Or into the basement! Or into the woods!" Well, Nevill manages to write horror that scares you without employing those kinds of "foolish decision-making" moments, the kinds mistakes we all believe we would never make if we were put into the same situation.
What's so brilliant about Nevill's characters is that, when they make bad decisions, I think, "Yep. I'd do the exact same thing in this situation."