Out in theaters today is the psychological horror thriller THE NIGHT HOUSE starring Rebecca Hall (Holmes & Watson, Christine), Sarah Goldberg (Barry, Elementary), Vondie Curtis Hall (Die Hard 2, Eve’s Bayou), Evan Jonigkeit (Togetherish, Sweetbitter), and Stacy Martin (Vox Lux, Nymphomaniac).
A clever watch that explores the stages of grief while unveiling a tragic mystery, the film follows a widow named Beth (Hall) who is coping with the sudden death of her husband. As Beth descends into mourning, she stumbles across notes written by her late husband that send her on a collision course with the truth – and ultimately reveal the sinister nature behind his death.
Rebecca Hall’s performance is both heartbreaking and haunting, as Beth rages on -often in solitude and against the great caution of her friends – to find a truth that is way more than she bargains.
And although I can appreciate the building of the story, I felt that it was too slow and boring at times in its quest to be a more intelligent type of scare.
But the third act really picks up and Hall’s perfomance singlehandedly is gripping enough to see the story through to its dramatic climax.
All in all, I think the film is a good watch, especially if you enjoy more arthouse type of scares – the cinematography and set designs are stunning – and/or are looking for something that is more spooky than terrifying.
I rate it 3 out of 5 beats on the MMTrometer.
THE NIGHT HOUSE opened in theaters everywhere today.
Until next thought, Thomasena