The Night House

The Night House ★★★½

“This film is about which idea you find scarier: that ghosts exist, or that they don’t.”

With these words, director David Bruckner introduced his latest film, THE NIGHT HOUSE, which tells the story of a High School teacher mourning the loss of her husband and her attempts to figure out who the man she married really was.

Rebecca Hall leads this film with a flat-out brilliant performance akin to Natalie Portman in Annihilation or Toni Collette in Hereditary; a woman fighting horrific forces to overcome insurmountable levels of grief. Hall is sent through ringer as she fights off suicidal thoughts and supernatural interference through a script full of twists, turns and intense scares.

Ultimately, the film abandons the nuanced, contemplative terror of its first two acts in favor of a more shocking third act that doesn’t totally work, but the craftsmanship and detail that is put into this character and her story make the film worth any horror fan’s time.

***Sundance 2020***