Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Now on Netflix: I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) - Written and Directed by Oz Perkins; Starring Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban.

By Kenny Howell

After watching the new horror film from Netflix, I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, I turned to the internet. It was a pretty unique experience with quite a bit of vagueness, so I wanted to see what people thought.

Looking for intelligent conversations on what exactly was going on or how it was achieved, I was barraged by endless comments of "BORING!". I shouldn't be surprised I guess because horror has become a genre that is only one or two things to people. You either have something that is jump scare after jump scare or torture porn.

But something like this, or earlier this year's The Witch, often gets brushed aside because it is "BORING!". It's a shame because the slower, creepy films of the past like The Shining or Rosemary's Baby don't get made anymore, or at least not in the numbers they should. I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is wall to wall creepy. It's a quiet, simmering tale of a hospice nurse played by Ruth Wilson that goes to take care of an author who is in the last stages of her life. She soon finds that the house may be haunted, and the author's work may have been influenced by it.

I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is not as good as The Witch, but it lives in the same world. There are very few jump scares, and Writer-Director Oz Perkins just lets you live in unease the entire time. Creaks and knocks in the house and the constant sound of crickets outside the country home slowly build the tension as the nurse's psyche starts to break. If you allow yourself to be immersed in it, it's a fun ride. But if you are expecting it to be something it is not, then boring it may be.

I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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