The Night House – USA, 2020 – reviews

 
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The Night House is a 2020 American horror thriller feature film about a widow who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.

Directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual; Southbound; V/H/S; The Signal) from a screenplay written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, the Anton-Phantom Four Films production was produced by David S. Goyer and Keith Levine and stars Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Stacy Martin and Evan Jonigkeit.

Plot:

Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) 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.

However, 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. What she finds are secrets both strange and terrible and a mystery she’s determined to resolve…

 Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …this is a film that asks whether the existence of ghosts might be more comforting than frightening. Unfortunately, the script by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski is clunky—in the convoluted nature of its reveals and also in the sometimes-baffling behavior on display.” AV Club

“It’s moody and atmospheric, but above all, it’s scary as hell. Though the ending may be a significant sticking point for some, for many, it’ll be a minor blip in an otherwise stellar and frightening piece of filmmaking. Bruckner continues to demonstrate an insanely powerful grasp of delivering potent chills.” Bloody Disgusting

“While I absolutely loved The Night House, and found it to be equal parts heartbreaking and genuinely nerve-shredding during certain sequences, I will say that at times, the film really does feel like it’s a bit too busy for its own good, losing focus on the poignant aspects of Beth’s journey here and trading them in to build up a mythology that doesn’t totally come together 100 percent in the end…” Daily Dead

The Night House benefits from Bruckner’s finely calibrated direction, Elisha Christian’s moody cinematography, and Rebecca Hall’s utterly committed central performance as a schoolteacher profoundly mourning the seemingly inexplicable, unimaginable loss of her architect husband to suicide.” Screen Anarchy

“Though this tale of a new widow’s apparent haunting gets progressively lost in a narrative maze that’s complicated without being particularly rewarding, director David Bruckner suffuses the action with enough dread and unpleasant goosings to make this an above-average genre exercise.” Variety

Release:

Disney’s Searchlight picked up the rights for The Night House for $11 million at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival after it was shown on January 24, 2020.

Cast and characters:

  • Rebecca Hall … Beth
  • Sarah Goldberg … Claire
  • Stacy Martin
  • Evan Jonigkeit … Owen
  • Vondie Curtis-Hall … Mel
  • Allie McCulloch … Actress
  • Samantha Buck … Becky
  • Amy Zubieta … Woman #1
  • David Abeles … Gary
  • Patrick Klein … Bob
  • James W. Meagher … Teacher
  • Derek M. Puma … Bar Patron / Wedding guest
  • Amber Anne … Bridesmaid / Bar Patron
  • Laura Austin … Relative
  • Michael Flores … Stand-in

Technical details:

110 minutes

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