The Night House

The Night House ★★★½

2020 Sundance Film Festival #9

A solid horror movie that should do good business if it gets its eventual wide release in October. Atmospheric heavy and well served by seeing in a theater thanks to a booming sound design, “The Night House” is one of the few horror movies I’ve ever seen that felt like it earned its ear splitting jump scares.

You are put into the perspective of the protagonist Beth (strangely the second Sundance Film to have a protagonist with that name), so when she starts seeing things that may or may not be there, you get a sense of dread rather than annoyance.

There’s a few odd moments of comedy thanks to star Rebecca Hall, who occasionally dips into camp with her exaggerated half crazy performance. It never gets in the way of the horror moments though, so it worked. The final act gets a little ridiculous, but never lost me thanks to its consistent writing and themes. Make sure you see it with an audience, it’s fun. Three and a half stars.

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