The Night House

The Night House ★★★½

I have to be honest, before the dream sequence where Hall sees the house on the other side of the lake and all the people throwing themselves into the void, I had completely forgotten that I was supposed to be watching a scary movie. The reason is because at the end of the day, this isn't another scary movie, but rather an exploration of grief and the afterlife, all wrapped up in an eerie supernatural psychological horror film.

Another interesting aspect of the film is the way in which much of the horror, suspense and scares come not from the loud stingers (even though one sequence heavily employs this), but through the lighting and cinematography. The film is a constant mind game where shadows literally lurk throughout, and like the ghosts on The Haunting Of Hill House, it's fun for us audience to spot these figures wherever they are hiding. There are also several nightmarish visual sequence very reminiscent of A24 horror stylistic appealing horror movies and another FOX/Disney movie, The Empty Man.

The performances are really good, especially Rebecca Hall, who instantly makes you care about her character, Beth. The emotionally draining experience and trauma she is undergoing, a journey of grief and sadness that leads to dark places and bittersweet endings. Jonigkeit as the husband, I mean, I don't know how much he was paid but no doubt whatever it was he got some easy money because really his work here is nothing more than just literally being a presence, a mute specter that haunts our protagonist. As a Barry fan, I loved seeing Goldberg being the supportive friend and bringing some of that comic relief. Even Curtis-Hall charms with his presence.

All in all, while the movie had an inconsistent tone until it revealed all his cards at the very end, and the revelations might seem hokey to many, I enjoyed the rather "unique" approach to grief that this movie provided.

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