Review: The Night House

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Rebecca Hall delivers a breathtaking performance in David Bruckner’s The Night House, the most suspenseful film of the year and one that will keep you guessing until the end.

After the death of her husband, Beth (Hall) begins to have visions and encounters with a presence in her lakeside home which leads her to begin digging into her late husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. The Night House isn’t what you expect going in, which is a good thing. Hall absolutely carries the entire film on her back, bringing viewers into her torment and keeping you on edge; her ability to convey emotion simply through nonverbal cues is unrivaled. Hall is by no means fresh on the scene of Hollywood, but she is having quite the year and flexing her impressive range. Her talents are on full display here as director David Bruckner expertly exploits the film’s isolated setting and somber tones. Add in the haunting use of loud sounds and you have surprising and effective jump scares that make similar experiences in other films look juvenile. 

Though some may not care for the direction the film takes, nor may they be satisfied with the uncertain ending (I go back and forth), the story in general is tight, scary, and well-executed. This is Bruckner’s best work behind the camera yet. The Night House is a pulsating supernatural thriller that only takes its foot off of the pedal for a moment in the middle before kicking it into high gear once again. Quite frankly, it is one of the most engaging experiences at the theater that I have had in quite some time.

The Night House hits theaters this Friday.

Rating: 4/5

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