Wasn’t I just saying there has been no shortage of horror movies in 2021? Now Searchlight Pictures is adding one to your watchlist. “The Night House” comes from horror director and fan David Bruckner. It premiered way back at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. With Covid-19 (hopefully) in our rear view the film is finally set to get its proper release. The first trailer hits some familiar beats – a spooky house, a grieving widow, creepy visions, and one of those ominous movie lines custom made for horror flicks – “Everyone has secrets.” But it also teases us with some really cool ideas that I’m anxious to see play out.
The film sees Rebecca Hall playing a woman still dealing with the sudden death of her husband. The now lonely lake house he built for them is full of memories which slowly turn into terrorizing visions. As she begins looking deeper into his life she discovers the above movie line is spot-on, everyone does have secrets. His just happens to lead to bloody footprints, ghostly apparitions, and (???) a gate to a parallel universe. I like everything in the trailer and it looks like Bruckner has some pretty original twists up his sleeve.
“The Night House” opens in theaters July 16th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.