A gem indeed it is, and my only reason for rating it a 9 rather than a 10 is due to the fact that it's not really a horror film, per se.. and I suppose that's wrong of me to deduct points because I feel as though it doesn't fit into my personal favorite genre, that of horror.. There's only one film, ever, that I've even rated as being a "10", and though I don't rate this as the perfect 10, it is nonetheless one great effing movie!
It was from start to finish captivating, and it did run the entire gamut in evoking every emotion possible..yes, even having its heart pounding, tense filled moments of fear, and anticipation, that I do love so very much that comes in watching damn good horror films, and hey, let's face it, at this point in time the good, great, and epic horror films seem to be only a thing of the past(with a very scarce few that I stumble upon once every couple of years)..
So, while this isn't one of those hidden gems of the horror genre, it is without doubt a hidden gem of a film, period. In all honesty its irrelevant as to what genre it "should" be classified in, but rather just appreciate it for what it is, and nothing more..that being a film that stirs emotion from within, and pours out as the movie progresses, climaxes, and swiftly concludes at precisely just the right moment, going out on a feel-good-high-moment. Not what I'm typically drawn to, seeing as how I love good horror films, but this film is worthy of a huge wide release to the masses. Genre junkies, non-genre junkies, casual viewers, and cinephiles, alike will enjoy the hell out of this film.
If, and when, you have the chance, watch it!