‘Behind Her Eyes’ Review: A British Show That Switches From Adult Drama To Supernatural Horror Seamlessly

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Behind Her Eyes, directed by Erik Richter Strand and written by Steve Lightfoot, Sarah Pinborough, and Angela LaManna, follows the story of Louise (Simona Brown) who finds herself in the middle of Adele (Eve Hewson) and David’s (Tom Bateman) tumultuous relationship. And as Louise grows closer to both of them, she realises that there’s something unnatural about the whole affair. Brown, Hewson, Bateman, and Robert Aramayo deliver magnetic performances to make the switches between standard drama and surreal horror seamless. However, the eventual twist will make one wonder how much more could have been done with the supernatural concept.


The Shining is one of my favourite horror movies of all time and so is its sequel Doctor Sleep. But here’s the thing. There’s a very distinct difference between the two. The Shining (I am talking about the movie) toes the line between being supernatural and realistic horror. Ninety percent of the things could’ve happened in the characters’ heads or maybe it happened for real. Whereas in Doctor Sleep, it’s made clear several times that it is supernatural by making secondary characters interact with the primary ones. The beauty in both of those cases is that I never felt that The Shining should’ve been more supernatural or that Doctor Sleep should’ve been more realistic to justify its actions. Behind Her Eyes does both by keeping the first three episodes very grounded and by going supernatural in the last three, and it left me kinda unsatiated.


Behind Her Eyes is directed by Erik Richter Strand and written by Steve Lightfoot, Sarah Pinborough, and Angela LaManna. It is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Pinborough. The music is Rupert Gregson-Williams, cinematography by Felix Wiedemann, editing by Amy Hounsell and Brenna Rangott, set decoration by Neesh Ruben, costume design by Matthew Price, hair and makeup by Konnie Daniel, Nuala McArdle, and Karen Scott, sound editing by Tim Barker, special effects Richard Grant, Haik Achim Lützow, Harry Troughton, Jason Troughton, and Riva Williams, and visual effects by Goodbye Kansas Studios and Magic Lab. It features Simona Brown, Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman, Robert Aramayo, Tyler Howitt, Georgie Glen, Nichola Burley, Aston McAuley, Charlotte Mills, Roshan Seth, and more. The story revolves around Louise (Brown) who finds herself in Adele (Hewson) and David’s (Bateman) relationship and keeps growing closer to both of them despite all the natural and supernatural red flags.

Behind Her Eyes puts a lot of emphasis on building its character and mystery but doesn’t explore them fully.

While reviewing Drishyam 2 (Which is a great movie that you should watch right now!), I talked about twists and how they shouldn’t just be used to shock the audience but also recontextualise the whole story. Those who have read the book know what I am talking about and those who haven’t, don’t worry, I am not spoiling it. The first twist in Behind Her Eyes is good and if you’re paying attention, you will see it coming. The second twist is deadly and you probably won’t see coming. And both of them recontextualise the whole show substantially. However, personally speaking, it’s also kind of a twist that made me feel that they could’ve done so much more but were limited by their imagination. To me, it seemed like if you’re ready to go that far in terms of supernatural, why not go all the way?


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One of the reasons why I think so is because I was so invested in the drama between Louise, David, and Adele. All three of them are despicable characters (I am not going into Rob because of spoilers but if you know the twist, you know why I am saying all three of them are despicable). The fact that they are ready to go so far in terms of twisting each other’s arms that I really wanted to see them use their powers, newfound or otherwise, and do more heinous things to hurt each other. But all they do is snoop around. I know I am projecting there but I assure you that when you’ll see it, you’ll think about the same thing. Also, I tried to understand what’s the message the show is trying to send and I think it’s telling us to stay away from toxic couples, and I agree with it.

Behind Her Eyes deals with the natural and the supernatural aspects beautifully while leaving you wanting more.

Although it is pretty hard to miss that the show has some supernatural elements in it, there is a fair chance that some might not catch onto it. And if that happens, there would’ve been a good chance that they’ll find the switch to the horror stuff a tad bit jarring. The reason that there isn’t any is because the show constantly keeps feeding you with the dream sequences which are insanely intricate and mindblowing! I mean, it made me wish that the whole show was like that and set in some gothic mansion and then I remembered that I have The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor for that. But yes, coming back to the point, Behind Her Eyes’ control over its tone is great. It lets its character moments really get under your skin to get you through the psychic shit.

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That said, and I think a lot of this critique is directed towards the writing department, once the supernatural stuff is revealed, I am sure that just like me you’ll want less talk and more action. Because the characters are done with the existential and they have taken off their gloves to beat each other bloody. Since that doesn’t happen until the last few moments of the last episode, you’ll probably feel that a lot of scenes are dragging. From the perspective of the characters, they feel necessary because they’re unsure of what’s happening. But we, the audience, already know, and repeating what we know is never a good idea. This made me think that the editors are also at fault here for not structuring the information in a way that we got to know everything along with the characters instead of knowing them beforehand. So yeah, more wasted potential.

Simona Brown, Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman, and Robert Aramayo are exceptional in Behind Her Eyes.

The one thing that I have no problem with is the acting. Simona Brown is so goddamn amazing as Louise that I fell in love with her instantly. She has that nervous vibe which she’s masquerading with various levels of humour. But she has an edge that is brought out due to her involvement with these toxic people, Adele and David. She’s so lovable though that you’ll start to rationalise her bad behaviour and her evil intentions even though the character can’t convince herself that she’s good. She has some of the cutest moments alongside Tyler Howitt. It’s tough to play someone’s on-screen mother genuinely and vice versa as well because, well, that kind of attachment has to be organic. But Simona and Tyler come really close to assure you that you are watching an adorable mother-son relationship here. Glen, Burley, and Mills support them beautifully.

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Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson are amazing while also being haunting. Like Simona, they create this paradox where you don’t really know if you should root for them or outright hate them. Both of them have such amazing screen presence and trust me, you’ll never see them transitioning from these timid creatures who talk softly to monsters who will make you properly shit your pants by simply shouting at you. Seriously, their command over their voice is exemplary. I can’t spoil anything but there are a couple of scenes where they properly get to rage and I think my heart stopped for a few seconds. As a Game of Thrones fan, I admit I have a soft spot for Aramayo because he has played Young Ned Stark and it was great to see his range as an actor here. Again, I can’t go into too much detail because he is a walking, talking spoiler.

Final verdict.

Behind Her Eyes is certainly worth watching because of its mystery, drama, supernatural horror, and the performances from its cast. I think that you’ll surely be completely engaged with what’s going on. But once you’re done, apart from the performances, I don’t think that you’ll remember much about it because, as mentioned before, it kind of doesn’t go all the way in terms of really f*cking with your brain. However, I am certain that it will keep you away from two things: problematic people and problematic people in problematic relationships. Seriously! You have one life. Drink, eat, live, do whatever you want. Just don’t become an institution for broken people.

SEE ALSO: I Care A Lot Review – Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage Led Film Will Scare You To Your Core But You Can’t Look Away

Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India

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