HOUSEWIFE (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Family required sacrifice’

Housewife is a 2017 Turkish horror film directed by Can Evrenol (The Field Guide to Evil; Baskin; Turn Your Bloody Phone Off) from a screenplay co-written with Cem Özüduru. It stars Clémentine Poidatz, David Sakurai, and Defne Halman.

On a snowy eve, Little Holly’s sister and father are killed by her frantic mother.

Years later, Holly is married, lonely, and her life is soon about take a turn for the ultra weird, when she visits “Umbrella of Love and Mind”…


” …Evrenol does a fine job transitioning an audience from something ordinary into something that’s completely f*cked up, and I mean that in a very good way. All while making a movie that’s deeply personal and so much fun to watch.” Rudie Obias, Shock Ya!

” …being an effective Argento/Fulci/Bava emulation amped up to Lynchian levels of surrealism doesn’t allow Housewife to skate by unscathed. Evrenol’s intentionally inserted peculiarities cut into his film’s personality as much as they highlight it. Accents of actors for whom English is not native make for awkward dialogue deliveries.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The opening scenes of Housewife are spectacular. It showcases the talent of the young actresses who bring Holly and her sister to life as they suffer through evil at the hand of their mother. The exceptional acting and visceral visual imagery bring the unspeakable horror that unfolded right into the viewer’s living room.” PopHorror

“There is somehow too much story and not enough movie all at the same time. Unreliable narrators are a fun and often engaging tool in thrillers, but they really only work if the narrative sews itself back together neatly enough to see behind the curtain at the end, and that just didn’t happen here.” J. Hurtado, Screen Anarchy

“Genre fans will constantly wade through the muck in hopes of striking gold, and in many ways Can made that murky journey for us. He distills so many elements from the Italian maestros, many of whom we may never get to see or hear of, then fills it with all the textures and characteristics we expect from films that we expect from this exciting new visionary…” Jacob Trussell, Ghastly Grinning

“It is strange, difficult to describe, and has a very particular pace. The acting, evocative of classic gialli, can feel unnatural. There are things people will fault it for, and maybe objectively I wouldn’t be able to disagree. But it’s not a film I can review objectively. As a giallo fan, as a fan of bafflingly strange cosmic horror, as a fan of the unexplainable and of the surreal, I was sold almost immediately.” Elijah Taylor, Terror Time

“The gore factor is stunning and shocking. You want to know more but I cannot tell you anything else. It’s just… wow. Gory as f*ck. Stomachs will turn!” Andrew Mack, Screen Anarchy



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