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Netflix’s latest offering can be accused of many things, from reusing a tried and tested formula to hiring a lookalike agency to do its casting, but one thing it’s not guilty of is not delivering the goods. The Open House boasts decent foundations and a haunting finale!
The Open House, directed by Matt Angel and Suzanna Coote, reuses the tried and tested house invasion formula and follows Logan Wallace (Dylan Minnette) and his mother (Pierce Dalton) relocating to an isolated mountain home in the middle of nowhere shortly after Logan’s father (Aaron Abrams) dies. There’s just one catch though – the lavish accommodation owned by Logan’s aunt is on the market and the pair have to vacate the premises every so often while strangers have a wander around. Unfortunately for the Wallaces, it seems like some of the potential buyers are sticking around long after the estate agent calls it a day.
For the majority of the film’s running time The Open House relies on slow-burning aspects to build tension, gradually pushing the viewer’s buttons by having the intruder mess with the hot water tank in the basement, leave doors ajar and steal Logan’s glasses and mobile from time-to-time.
Their fellow occupants soon become increasingly freaked out by the strange happenings that we have come to expect from the home invasion sub-genre, but lead Dylan Minnette (poor man’s Nick Jonas), who proved his acting chops in previous horror outings such as Don’t
Breathe and Goosebumps, fares well in these scenes, which aim for the jugular by having a silhouette skulk past the doorframe, extremely reminiscent of Michal Myers (Halloween). It’s these simple yet effective moments that have you wondering if these dark figures stalking the place are real people or spirits. And why do they want the Wallaces gone so badly?
Overall, The Open House is undeniably a chilling suspense-horror, and its directors stage quiet chills and short, sharp shocks with technical expertise, showing only a relentless commitment to exhausting the viewer, which is an admirable emotional workout for all involved!
The Open House is available on Netflix now.
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