I watched David Bruckner’s ‘The Night House’ only once over a year ago, and I’ve been unable to get it out of my head. And in particular, a quiet Christmas tableau that gave me a fair share of nightmares. So in the spirit of holiday generosity, I’ll pass the fears onto y’all.
Beth (Rebecca Hall) seems to have the perfect life. Especially when it comes to her devoted architect husband Owen (Evan Jonigkeit), who designed her the most beautiful lake house as a token of his love. But Beth’s world begins unraveling after her husband kills himself, leaving a cryptic note, “You were right. There is nothing. Nothing is after you. You’re safe now.”
As Beth grieves, a bleak experience from her childhood comes to the fore, where she had died for a full four minutes and had been resuscitated. A bleak experience because there was no light, no memories, just an encompassing nothing. And that terrible nothingness seems to be creeping back over her without Owen.
To make matters exponentially worse, beloved Owen has left traces of a horrific secret life that includes a mirror house to Beth’s he’d built on the other side of the lake, where grotesque goings-on are revealed to Beth one by one.
The scene that qualifies ‘The Night House’ as a Christmas movie is atrocious in the most unassuming way. And I cannot reveal details without spoiling the entire haunting plot that unfolds around it in the most terrible and mesmerizing way, courtesy of Rebecca Hall’s magnificent performance.
This film is unforgettable. It’s also one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. It might even be one of the scariest films of all time. Because it’s just so real. So convincing. Infernally grim.
✨Clay sculpture/5 stars. Highly recommend only for the very brave horror fan, since this is one that’ll actively be with you for a long time, if not forever.✨
Zuzu Zombie’s #Horrorthon365 project is a collection of eclectic genre watchlists with accompanying microreviews to suit the changing seasons. Horrorthon365 was sparked by a gnarly hand injury and carpal tunnel surgery gone awry, hence the flash-style reviews. After a wicked fall at home and brutal elbow fracture that required surgery, posts will be sporadic until I’m healed. In the meantime, browse the entire collection here.