The Night House

2020, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 50m

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Led by Rebecca Hall's gripping central performance, The Night House offers atmospheric horror that engages intellectually as well as emotionally. Read critic reviews

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The story's a bit slow and confusing, right up to an ending that will leave some disappointed -- but Rebecca Hall is terrific, and there are some truly tense and scary moments. Read audience reviews

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Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together -- but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband's belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing -- a mystery she's determined to unravel.

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  • Oct 10, 2021
    I had high expectations for David Bruckner's followup to his 2017 mindfuck of a movie The Ritual (which I gave 5 stars to -- I may grade high but I reserve the highest rating for the best of the best). Couple that with the pent up frustration of not being able to see this in a theater for six freaking weeks, I bought it instantly when it finally dropped on streaming. And I say Goddamn! Expectations met! It's the complete opposite of The Ritual -- a slow-burn, character-driven ghost story which could have been a Michael Flanagan adaption of Stephen King. Essentially a riff on the main premise of King's "Bag of Bones," with genders reversed. And Flanagan prefers his female leads tall, brunette, beautiful, and strong -- they don't put up with any bullshit. And that, my friends, describes Rebecca Hall to the T. She is awesome in this and she is in nearly every single minute of the 110 minute runtime. Her acting shifts between so many feelings, moods and expressions: grieving, vulnerable, scared, depressed, angry, horrified and tough -- tough as nails. There's a few scenes where she eyeballs someone to death (figuratively). Thankfully, the score is simpler -- just haunting and moody, nearly a perfect blend with the visuals and cinematography. The outdoor scenes are mesmerizing. There's a scene that essentially starts at the same point featured in the the movie poster thumbnail that is a work of art. And it has serious The Ritual vibes when Hall is stumbling through the nearby forest in the rain -- I seriously thought she was going to run into a disemboweled body with antlers high in the trees. And when I say "slow burn," I am not including the last twenty minutes which nearly gets as batshit crazy as James Wan's Malignant. I did not see that twist coming -- a twist that is yanked right out of a popular horror franchise. This has been a good year for horror.
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