Blumhouse's The Lie Managed to Do the 1 Thing I Wasn't Expecting — Surprise Me

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Blumhouse’s The Lie, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 6, stars Joey King as Kayla, a teenage girl who drags her parents into a web of lies due to a lethal mistake. When it comes to horror movies, I pride myself on the fact that I can usually see a twist coming. The Lie is one of the few films that really surprised me when the twist is finally revealed at the end. What makes this particular twist so devastating is King’s portrayal of Kayla, which has the audience wondering whether they should feel empathy for her or see her as a monster. It also helps that as Kayla’s parents, Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos, give a slow-burn performance that keeps you on edge as you wait to see how everything will unravel.

The Setup

On the way to a ballet camp, Kayla and her father, Jay, give her best friend Brittney a ride. Things between the two girls become tense as Brittney seemingly flirts with Jay. When they stop off in the middle of nowhere for a bathroom break, there’s a scream, and Kayla reveals she’s pushed Brittney off the bridge on purpose, effectively killing her. Kayla’s parents spend the rest of the movie trying to cover up what their daughter has done, only to get swept up in her lie. Brittney’s father, Sam, eventually catches onto them, as do the cops, so Kayla’s parents decide to frame him for murder.

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