The Horror renaissance continues.
Lately, there’s been a huge increase of great horror films lately. And at least once per year, we get a new “scariest film of all time.” Which, usually never ends up being true. That being said, the number of good horror films that are being released are way higher than they have been in recent years. And Our House becomes one of the latest films that might lean more toward being a good film, over a good horror film. Which isn’t a bad thing.
In Our House, Ethan played by Thomas Mann (the Me from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) leaves mid-dinner to go back to school at MIT to work on a science experiment. The experiment is to try to create wireless electricity. If we can have Wi-Fi, why can’t we have wireless electricity is a point Ethan makes in the film. The night he stays out there is a car crash and he and his two younger siblings lose their parents. Ethan then must put school aside as he returns home to take care of his sister and brother.
Early on, I felt the connection with the family, I began to care about the dynamics that everyone had with one another. Coming from a fairly big family myself, I understood as brothers fought, and I also understood how they cared for one another. And while they showed us these dynamics, we got hints at what was to come, and they slowly teased the scares as the film lingers in hallways, or roaming throughout the house. It makes you scan the frame wondering what the scary thing is before you realize that it’s you, the viewer, the voyeur in their house.
Yes, the film is a bit of a slow burn as it paces itself and treats the film more as a family drama about coping with the loss of their parental figures. But once it arrives at its climax, we are in full gear witnessing what true horror might be about our past, and our house’s past. Just like we all have our own luggage and past, there has to be certain energy left in homes from previous owners.
Ethan slowly continues to work on his experiment which opens a doorway to that energy, and those spirits. And they attempt to take over the house with these great smoke effects that form bodies as the machine grows with more and more power.
Our House may not be the next scariest film of the year, but its cinematography is worth the price of admission alone, it’s crisp and excellent camerawork. Thomas Mann gives a wonderful performance filled with grief, of someone unable to move on, and with their life.
I implore you to seek the film out, just be ready to breathe a little before it tries to steal yours.
Opens July 27th at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas as well as VOD.