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The Night House

  • 2020
  • David Bruckner
  • 107 mins
  • 15
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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

After the likes of The Awakening and The Gift, Rebecca Hall continues to deliver shivers with this ghostly psychological horror from director David Bruckner (The Ritual). Shaken by the untimely death of her husband (Evan Jonigkeit), Beth continues to live in the vast lakeside house he built for her. But when visceral dreams, unearthly voices and alarming disturbances threaten her sanity, Beth searches for answers in her dead partner's belongings. As she uncovers a devastating mystery that traverses the line between life and death, the film never veers into melodrama. Unravelling at a measured pace, the cerebral script by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski drops tantalising hints at intriguing intervals, while the paranormal occurrences are achieved effectively using smart visual effects. Often sardonic but finding strength in her character's vulnerability, Hall provides a captivating, grounded lead performance, ensuring that this tense and layered horror movie rings with real emotional resonance.

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DirectorDavid Bruckner

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Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney Studios
Released on
2021-08-20
Formats
Colour
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