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The Night House     review by Bobby Blakey

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Director David Bruckner burst onto the scene taking on the horror genre with films like The Signal, The Ritual and a segment in the original V/H/S anthology film. Now he is diving back in with his latest film The Night House starring Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit and Stacy Martin. Could this film offer the creepiness it promises in the trailer or will it be more questions than answers?

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 it together – but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing – a mystery she’s determined to unravel.

The trailers were engaging enough to peak my interest, but I wasn’t quite sure the kind of film it was promising. The film ended up not being near as creepy as I had expected and more of a slow burn, but still offered up an interesting tale. The direction was not where I had expected and some twists and turns, but nothing that ever really sucked me in like I had hoped.

The film is entertaining and has enough happening to work mostly thanks to the great performance from Hall. This is her show all the way and she carries it to perfection. The slow burn works for this story, but I felt a bit let down with the overall direction to it all. There is an element of realism along with the supernatural leaving you wondering what is and what isn’t really happening which keeps you guessing, but at the end it just felt like something was missing for me.

This film is a decent one to check out and will no doubt find its audience, but was hoping for something a bit more dark and sinister. Decide for yourself and check out The Night House available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Searchlight Pictures.

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