The Night House (15)
The Night House (15)
Director: David Bruckner
Runtime: 1hr 47m
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin, Vondie Curtis Hall
Synopsis: The Night House follows a widow who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.
Directed by David Bruckner [The Ritual (2017)] and led by Rebecca Hall’s gripping central performance, The Night House, based on an original screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, is an atmospheric and unsettling horror that engages intellectually as well as emotionally.
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth [Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), The Town (2010) Christine (2016)] is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep together – but then the dreams come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house call to her, beckoning with a ghostly allure. But the harsh light of day washes away any proof of a haunting. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into his belongings, yearning for answers.
This very atmospheric and tense, well-made film is visually outstanding with cinematography by Elisha Christian; Ben Lovett’s music is also crucial in crafting the story and building tension for the viewer along Beth’s journey.
The psychological narrative unfolds impressively, answering questions and revealing dark twists and the occult realm along the way with a few jumps and shock scares.
The Night House tackles themes of grief, depression, self-destruction, and the sacredness of relationships. It puts an original spin on the classic haunting ghost-story-in-a-creepy-house genre.
With Rebecca Hall’s intelligent, emotionally compelling central performance and the film’s visual sophistication, for fans of darker fare and old-fashioned spooky stories, the film is unmissable. As well as a deconstructed ghost story and a gripping mystery, The Night House is also a chilling supernatural thriller. and a creepy ghost story. Director David Bruckner describes his film as “both a ghost story with shades of gothic romance, and a portrait of a deeply troubled marriage. It’s a mysterious and harrowing tale of unravelling; a labyrinth that you enter at your own peril.”
Images courtesy of Searchlight Pictures