‘The Night House’: Star Rebecca Hall And Director David Bruckner On Their Supernatural Thriller

The Night House is now playing in theaters everywhere and I recently had the opportunity to sit down with star Rebecca Hall and director David Bruckner to get their takes on the film itself, acting largely alone, and favorite parts of filming. Check out their quotes (spoiler warning) below:

Rebecca Hall on working with director David Bruckner:

“I really had a really great time with him. It’s really rare, I think, that you work with a director who is so consistent about the genre that they want to work in.”

“He understands it and he knows how to manipulate and plot and lay all the foundations to create the jump cares and do all of the things that you need, and he’s also incredibly smart and emotionally intuitive.”

Rebecca Hall on being drawn to horror projects/ghost stories:

“There’s often more extreme parts in genre, in horror, and i’m kind of a sucker for signing up for something that is going to be, that’s going to really use me, and is going to be tough and put me through it. Don’t ask me why; I have no idea.”

Rebecca Hall on being drawn to The Night House:

“(It) had a lot of very refreshing modern twists and spins, and it works. I was scared when I watched it in the cinema, probably the last film I saw in the cinema before COVID, and i’ll never forget the experience of being in there watching it with everybody, because even the things I knew were coming, I still jumped. And everyone was screaming so much, and it was just, it was thrilling.”

Rebecca Hall on preparing for the emotional depth of the role:

“Acting is odd and, you know, if the material is well written and you believe it when you read it, then you’ll believe it when you’re acting it. It really becomes a question of believing what’s happening to me is happening to be and letting my emotions happen. I tried not, in a weird way, I tried not to prepare all that much for this one because I wanted to be quite instinctive and surprise myself, in a strange way, and it ended up producing the best results.”

Rebecca Hall on the contrast between big budget films like Godzilla vs. Kong and more intimate films like The Night House:

“On a small, independent film, you’re always hustled for time… but I do think this is a sort of camaraderie and team spirit that happens on those films that can often yield very creative results. And on the big ones, it’s lovely to be constantly asked if I need a cup of tea and a blanket, basically, but you can also go slightly… what can I do, how can I help?”

Rebecca Hall on the most challenging scene to shoot:

“They were all pretty challenging. Probably the make-out scene with the invisible presence because there was nothing to react against and I kept sort of putting my fingers in the air and just sort of thinking ‘is this right or does this look like i’m just a, you know, 10-years-old in the schoolyard pretending to make-out with myself.”

David Bruckner on looking for the right house:

“We knew we wanted to shoot in upstate New York, there were a few lakes we were looking at. We dropped in and were just determined to find a house. We probably looked at 50-60 houses inside of three weeks.”

“…made a lucky left turn and stumbled upon a house that had an incredible vista over Lake Skaneateles.”

David Bruckner on Rebecca Hall’s ability to carry much of the film on her own shoulders and often act entities not present:

“Rebecca can probably do anything, I think we’ve all been astounded by her work. It was a great pleasure of mine to work with her and I couldn’t have been more excited that she took an interest in this and also saw opportunities in the script the way that I did. She had a real intuitive way of rounding it and finding her way through.”

“There were times where I didn’t know which way she was going to take something; we’d talk about it a bit, but not too much, and then just try things. I think it helped us a lot because Beth is such a unique character and she experiencing things that most of us, I would imagine, haven’t experienced.”

David Bruckner on his favorite scene:

“My favorite scene to film was… a scene that never changed from the first draft that I read was the scene where Beth tells Claire, her best friend, about how she died one night…I was just haunted by that scene, and coming out of the scene and waking into this lucid nightmare.”

The Night House is now playing in theaters everywhere. Check out Guy At The Movies’ 4/5 review here.

Photo from Flickering Myth

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