I always sit and watch when Searchlight Pictures (formerly Fox Searchlight Pictures before the Disney acquisition) releases a new movie. His latest film, critically acclaimed Nomadland, received six Oscar nominations and won the Golden Globe for Best Film – Drama and Best Director earlier this year.
The first official release of the film studio in 2021 is the next horror The Night House, it is the second feature film by director David Bruckner (The Ritual) and the script comes from the writing duo of Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (Siren).
The official synopsis of the plot is as follows:
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. But 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.
I think this looks like an excellent horror / suspense. I was initially reminded of Blumhouse’s excellent The Invisible Man from last year, but that came out the door thanks to the turnaround near the end. I’m not even upset that the trailer blew it, because this revelation really surprised me – in a good way! The film looks well directed and Hall’s performance is excellent, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds. There is evidence that Beth’s relationship with her husband before her untimely death was not perfect, and the mystery of the second home and all of the “haunt” seems really intriguing.
What do you think?
The Night House is scheduled for release in the US on July 16. It also stars Sarah Goldberg, Stacy Martin, Evan Jonigkeit, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Samantha Buck.