The Night House

The Night House ★★★★

The Night House is a horror/thriller that does a great job of keeping you guessing, watching for clues, and trying to put pieces together. It’s also a film that 100% is not spoiled in the trailer. The trailers weren’t misleading, but it kept much of the story under wraps with just hints of what to expect. In addition to the mystery, it’s also so damn well-directed by David Bruckner. The suspense is so well-orchestrated and the scares were excellent and well-timed to where at one point I almost shouted a bit, and that has never happened to me. The scares felt real and never cheap. There’s also amazing camera work here brilliantly using optical illusion shots. But, while the scares and mystery is all great, there’s so much deeper elements going on. There’s a lot of emphasis on grief, trauma, and really heavy elements involving depression (at least the latter is what I felt from it). I will admit though that when everything is revealed at the end, it does kind of get tangled up in how it’s trying to make certain details and revelations work, to where you think it’s quite a stretch, but I was willing to roll with it. But because I found such deeper meaning in the ending than just a surface level, that stood out to me more. Finally, there’s Rebecca Hall turning in the best performance of hers I’ve seen. She delivers so many different layers to her character including grief, loss, trauma, terror, and even some dry humor. She just encompassed all of this so perfectly. I imagine the conclusion won’t work for everyone, but if you can come out of this movie looking at or embracing the other themes it has going for it, along with some really great production and Hall’s performance you’ll enjoy it.

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