His House (2020) Review

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His House (2020) Review

Horrorific content by Ciarán Coleman on May 19th, 2021 | Movie Review | Supernatural, Psychological, Haunted House, Dysfunctional Family

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It’s about a refugee couple struggling to adjust to their new home that has evil lurking within it.

His House’ was released in 2020 and was written and directed by Remi Weekes. It stars Wunmi Mosaku (from Citadel), Sope Dirisu and Matt Smith (from Patient Zero).

When ghosts follow, they never leave.

His House Review

His House has a significantly unique psychological vibe that is constantly teetering between a horror and thriller. Although this style is quite popular nowadays, Weekes manages to keep the film feeling fresh with clever scares and an invigorating story.

This film is all about the characters. Bol and Rial, the main couple, are refugees, dealing with adjusting to a new way of life while also coping with the loss of their daughter. Grief has been a strong emotion in recent horrors like ‘Hereditary’, ‘The Babadook’ and ‘Midsommar’ but ‘His House’ provides a unique take, by including themes of guilt and assimilation throughout. Matt Smith (known primarily from Doctor Who) gives a strong performance we’ve come to expect from him playing their case worker, but the real stars are the leads Wumni Mosaku and Sope Dirisu who showcase immense talent in every scene they’re in. Their acting compliments the already well formulated film with strong writing and clever horror.

I went into this film expecting very little. I mean how many haunted house films have come out these past five years alone? The lack of jumpscares was refreshing and the ending was strong and rewarding. You really feel a connection to the main characters from the very start; you care about their wellbeing, which is oddly rare in most of modern horror. Remi Weekes has proved himself to be a standout worthy of being held to the same esteem of Ari Aster. It’s hard to believe this is his first film.

Worth Watching?

Yes. It’s easily one of the best British horrors of recent years and is full of great scares, heart and a poignant story.

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