Starring: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin

Director: David Bruckner

Release date: 20th August 2021

 

A young woman named Beth (Rebecca Hall) recently lost her husband, Owen. A week earlier, he rowed out on the lake behind their house and shot himself. Beth is devastated and can’t believe that her husband of 14 years would do such a thing. It’s not long before strange things start happening.. bloody footprints, loud knocking on her front door, loud music blasting from the stereo. Beth begins to wonder if she’s losing her mind and her best friend thinks it’s just the grief taking its toll. Owen was a very talented architect who built the house by the lake for Beth, but just as she is tidying and going through Owen’s belongings she begins to discover books and things that she’s never seen before. Was Owen who she thought he was or was he hiding some secrets of his own? This and some very bizarre dreams start a chain reaction which will change everything.

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A tale of loss, grief and secrets, ‘The Night House’ is psychological rollercoaster of a film which starts off slowly enough but it’s not too long before strange supernatural things start to happen and the pace changes. Beth begins to think that she’s losing her mind and is wrong to distrust her husband who she thought she knew so well. It’s not until much later in the film that we discover Owen’s true motives.

A little bit confusing in places, I’m sure that given another watch the story could become a lot clearer. It’s not really one of those movies that you can give a clear explanation of the plot, but it’s definitely one of secrets being revealed and questions answered.

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A really enjoyable film with a lot of brilliant special effects and plot twists, ‘The Night House’ will keep you guessing right up until the end.

Overall: 8/10