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Monday, November 2, 2020

His House: Movie Review

We didn't expect anything from "His House" but the film turned out to be one of those horror films that really leaves a mark. Not because it is frightful but it makes you question if you should be afraid of ghosts or the horrors of reality itself. 

After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young couple, Bo (Sope Dirisu)l and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) are able to make it to England but unfortunately this comes at the cost of their daughter Nyagak (Malaika Abigaba). As expected, adjusting to a new culture and country proves to be a real struggle and soon the couple is bothered by an unknown force lurking inside the walls of their house - haunting primarily Bo endlessly. Is this a malevolent spirit or a figment of their own minds? 
"His House" reminded us of all the good things that made Jordan Peele's "Get Out" a success. While "Get Out" was more of a psychological thriller experience, "His House" heavily mixes the paranormal with reality more and this should satisfy those who crave more metaphysical elements in their horror experience.  But essentially, both films provide awesome platforms for real problems to exist in a more supernatural setting. In "His House", it tackles the problem of war, prejudice, and refugees directly. Weaving an intricate escape tale that proved to be more interesting even more than its supernatural elements. Sadly, we felt that the film needed more time to develop this backstory of Bo, Rial, and Nyagak. We only get glimpses of this refugee arc shown through vague snippets and most of its interesting revelation occurred in a very short amount of time near its climax. But besides that letdown, the actual horror elements of the film was presented in a very refreshing way. It may be too subtle for some meaning it won't frighten you out of your wits, but the tension and buildup was perfect in our opinion and the film didn't devolve into using jump scares as a method to frighten audiences. It mixes its great visuals, camera work, and audio to really suck you into its world. Acting wise, we thought both lead actors provided stellar performances with Sope Dirisu leading the way. At the end of the day, if you want something deep and substantial for your horror fix, "His House" is the perfect film to delve into. 
Rating: 4 reels
Why you should watch it: 
- great horror that mixes reality and supernatural elements well
- a substantially deep horror fix 

 Why you shouldn't watch it: 
- it needed more time to develop its backstory

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