There's no place like home!
The horror vacation subgenre has been contributing to mass xenophobia for decades. It is sometimes paired with torture or cannibalism. In fact, Welcome Home is none of these things. It’s about a traveling couple being stalked and filmed by a guy who’s probably been doing that for a while. He follows them everywhere. He knows their secrets. This is a traveler’s worst nightmare.
This film is an open book. Once you get the concept, the third act is nothing but a ticking time bomb. The hook fits in the palm of a hand, it’s nothing new and nothing special, but it’s a story worth retelling. Welcome Home is, simply put, a quintessential romantic thriller about a trip to Italy gone horribly wrong. Watching this is like witnessing a violent car crash. You can’t look away.
It’s nice to see Aaron Paul in something else than Breaking Bad. He’s a relatable presence. Emily Ratajkowski plays his girlfriend. She’s a frustrating character. Riccardo Scamarcio plays the man you want to punch in the face. He’s the enemy. He’ll set you up and steal your wife while you’re drunk. This film made me nervous and I enjoyed every minute of it.