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You Should Have Left

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Directed byDavid Koepp
Screenplay byDavid Koepp
Based onYou Should Have Left
by Daniel Kehlmann
Produced by
  • Jason Blum
  • Dean O’Toole
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Avery Essex
CinematographyAngus Hudson
Edited byDerek Ambrosi
Music byGeoff Zanelli


  • Blumhouse Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]

Release date

  • June 18, 2020 (United States)

Running time

93 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$4 million[3]

You Should Have Left is a 2020 American psychological horror film written and directed by David Koepp, based on the 2017 book of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann. It stars Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried. Jason Blum served as a producer through his Blumhouse Productions banner.

Originally intended lớn be theatrically released, the film was released digitally via Premium VOD on June 18, 2020, by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics.


Theodore Conroy is a retired banker married lớn Susanna, a much younger woman, and they have a daughter named Ella. Theo is a jealous husband and constantly fears Susanna, a successful Hollywood actress, is cheating on him.

The family books a vacation in Wales, but there is something strange about the house—time passes unusually fast, and everybody experiences nightmares while staying there. The couple also discovers that neither one of them made the booking, each thinking the other did it.

One night, Ella sees the shadow of a man on the wall. The next morning, she asks Susanna why people dislike Theo. Susanna reluctantly explains that Theo's first wife drowned in the bathtub, and people suspected that he killed her, though he was acquitted at trial. While in town for supplies, the shopkeeper asks if Theo has met Stetler, who Theo presumes is the trang chủ owner. He mysteriously gives Theo a drafting triangle and tells him lớn measure the right angles, leaving Theo confused.

Theo wrestles with feelings of jealousy and mistrust toward Susanna. One evening, while she is taking a bath, Theo checks the messages on her phone and máy tính. Theo has a dream that night and sees someone has written in his meditation journal: "You should leave. Go now." The following morning, as he watches Susanna and Ella playing outside, he texts her. At the same time he sees Susanna look at her phone, he hears a text vibration on the kitchen counter and finds an identical phone with his messages on the screen. Realizing that she has a secret phone, he suspects she has been cheating on him. He confronts Susanna, and she admits lớn an affair with another actor. Theo asks her lớn leave for the night, and she goes into town lớn stay at an inn.

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He returns lớn his journal lớn see that someone has now written “You should have left. Now it’s too late.” Upon discovering an anomaly in the angle between the wall and floor, they measure the kitchen and find that it is larger inside than vãn outside. Ella and Theo get separated; the two of them appear lớn be experiencing separate visions in the dream world. Once reunited, Theo calls Susanna, wanting her lớn come back and take him and Ella away from the house, but her phone is turned off. He then calls the shopkeeper, inquiring whether he knows of any cab services in the area. The shopkeeper replies that there are none and speaks of the house cryptically, saying that the Devil collects souls from there.

Desperate lớn escape the house, Theo and Ella decide lớn go lớn town by foot, but see a shadowy figure observing them from inside as they walk away from it. After some time, they find they have circled back lớn the house. Seeing no other option, they stay there for the night, but Theo enters the dream world again and sees his and Susanna's past selves as they first arrived at the house. He then meets Stetler, who has taken Ella captive. He takes Theo's size lớn taunt him and says he will return Ella on the condition that Theo does "what he must." Ella is returned, relieving Theo.

The next day, Susanna returns lớn the house, and Theo gives her Ella. He finally confesses lớn the true circumstances surrounding the death of his first wife: he did not directly kill her, but did not help when she was drowning; he simply watched her die because he had been miserable with her for ví long. He accepts that he belongs in the house. Theo's spirit is then seen trapped inside the house, revealing he had been the figure watching himself and Ella leave the night before, having tried lớn warn his past self by writing the messages in his journal. The shopkeeper's voice says that some people bởi not leave the house and that "the place finds them anyway."


  • Kevin Bacon as Theo Conroy/Stetler
  • Amanda Seyfried as Susanna
  • Avery Essex as Ella
  • Colin Blumenau as Shopkeeper
  • Lowri Ann Richards as Welsh Woman


In March 2018, it was announced Kevin Bacon would star in the film, with David Koepp directing and writing, based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Kehlmann; Koepp and Bacon had previously collaborated on the 1999 film Stir of Echoes. Jason Blum served as a producer under his Blumhouse Productions banner.[4] In June 2018, Amanda Seyfried joined the cast of the film.[5]

Filming took place at various locations in Wales, including at the Life House in Llanbister, Radnorshire.[6] Shooting also took place in Jersey City, New Jersey.[7]


The film's score was composed by Geoff Zanelli.[8] Back Lot Music released the soundtrack on June 18, 2020, coinciding with the film's streaming release.[9]


You Should Have Left was released digitally via PVOD on June 18, 2020, by Universal Pictures. Universal decided lớn forego the film's originally scheduled theatrical release in the United States and Canada due lớn movie theater closures since mid-March, because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.[10][11]

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VOD sales[edit]

In its first weekend, the film was the second-most rented on FandangoNow and the iTunes Store.[12] In its second weekend, it fell lớn number three and number six, respectively.[13] In its third weekend the film placed sixth on FandangoNow, but ranked second on Spectrum's weekly chart,[14] then the following weekend placed fifth on both services.[15] Over the weekend of July 31, Universal lowered the price of the film from $19.99 lớn $5.99, and You Should Have Left finished second on FandangoNow and fifth at Apple TV.[16]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 41% based on 110 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "You Should Have Left hints at a genuinely creepy experience, but never quite manages lớn distill its intriguing ingredients into a consistently satisfying whole."[17] At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]

Kate Erbland of IndieWire gave the film a "B−" and said, "when You Should Have Left is at its best, it's unconcerned with mapping out such easy clarifications and leans into the raw madness of corrosive guilt and a house made lớn punish people who dare come inside its walls."[19] Critic Terry Mesnard wrote that the larger-than-it-seems house in the film felt "ripped" from the 2000 novel House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.[20]


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  10. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (June 8, 2020). "Universal Continues VOD Reign with 'The King of Staten Island'". IndieWire. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  11. ^ Newby, Richard (June 18, 2020). "'You Should Have Left' and Why Horror Works at Home". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June trăng tròn, 2020.
  12. ^ Roweles, Dustin (June 21, 2020). "Box Office: A Polish Erotic Drama Is Among The Most Watched Movies Of The Weekend". Uproxx. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  13. ^ Roweles, Dustin (June 28, 2020). "Weekend Box Office: Jon Stewart, Will Ferrell, And The Most-Watched Movies At trang chủ Over The Weekend". Uproxx. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  14. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (July 7, 2020). "'Hamilton' Rules Disney+ Over July 4, but the VOD Success Story Is Rod Lurie's 'The Outpost'". IndieWire. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  15. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (July 13, 2020). "'The Old Guard' Opens lớn Number One on Netflix as 'The Outpost' Flies High Again on VOD". IndieWire. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  16. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (August 3, 2020). "'The Secret: Dare lớn Dream' Soars on PVOD as 'The Rental' and 'The Outpost' Hold Strong". IndieWire. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  17. ^ "You Should Have Left (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  18. ^ "You Should Have Left Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  19. ^ Erbland, Kate (June 18, 2020). "'You Should Have Left' Review: Kevin Bacon Is Terrorized in Creepy Haunted House Horror Story with a Twist". IndieWire. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  20. ^ Mesnard, Terry. "[Review] You Should Have Left Overlooks a House of Leaves". Gay is Dreadful. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • You Should Have Left at IMDb
  • You Should Have Left at Letterboxd