His House (2020) Review

Amazingly atmospheric and eerie from the second they step in the house, this is a surprisingly effective horror film considering it’s sparse setting.

Certificate: 15

Director: Remi Weekes

Screenwriter: Felicity Evans, Toby Venables

Starring: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba

Genre: Drama, Horror

Runtime: 99 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

His House: Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù as Bol Majur. Cr. Aidan Monaghan/NETFLIX © 2020

After a harrowing escape from the atrocities in their home of Sudan, a young couple seeks Asylum in the UK.  When they are finally moved into a house of their own they think the majority of their troubles are over.  They just have to report in once a week and not break any of the rules and they can hopefully begin to start a new life.  But when they move into their new home strange and sinister things start to happen and evil lurks everywhere.

This is a horror movie with a double dose of horror.  The story of the haunting of their house and the creepy, terrifying things that are happening there as Bol slowly loses his mind. And the horror of the way that the couple are being treated and the microaggressions directed at them as they struggle to fit into their new life.  Combined together these two stories make for the most intense and uncomfortable horror movies I have watched in a while. 

The couple are haunted more by their own past than by the ghosts/witch that is residing in the house.  And the haunting of the house is almost secondary to the story about the breakdown of this couples marriage and their struggles.  The film is full of commentary on the refugee crisis, on racism and how these people tend to be viewed by their communities, and none of that should be overlooked.  It is just as horrifying to see the way Rial and Bol are treated outside their home as it is to watch the things going on inside.

However, this film wastes no time at all in setting a scene or building up to it’s scary moments.  You are hit with it almost immediately, and it only gets worse from there.  The pacing therefore is incredibly fast and there is hardly a moment where the audience can relax.  An impressive feat for a film that takes place mostly between two people in a house with hardly any set dressings at all.  Mostly bare walls and little to no furniture, the directors and actors do a fantastic job here with very little.

Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku who play Bol and Rial respectively are both just fantastic here.  A good thing too as they are basically the only people on the screen most of the time.  But their performances really are the most impressive part of the film.  Without their stellar work, this could easily have been just another run of the mill haunted house story.

I know that Halloween is over, but if you are still looking for something to watch this weekend that is spooky and creepy, then I would definitely recommend ‘His House’ streaming now on Netflix.

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