The Strange House (2021) Netflix Review

Certificate: 15

Director: Daniel Prochaska

Screenwriter: Marcel Kawentel, Timo Lombeck

Starring: Julia Koschitz, Marii Weichsler, Michael Pink

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Language: German

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Hendrik is sixteen, a big city kid, and vexed to learn that his mother is moving with him and his little brother Eddi to a village in the south of Austria. To make matters worse, the locals shun the new rustic family home. They say it has been haunted ever since a mother poisoned her two sons in there many decades ago. When a sleep- walking Eddi starts carving strange symbols into the walls, Hendrik and his friends set off on a quest to lift the secret of the spooky house. – From IMDB

Right off the bat I am going to say that the 15 rating that Netflix have labelled this is definitely going a little too far.  There is very little in this to warrant that high of a rating.  The scares are few and not really that shocking or gruesome, the worst thing about this that could possibly allow for the 15 rating is the language, which could easily have been removed to allow for a lower rating.  So despite the rating, do not go into this expecting it to be on the same level as horror movies like IT, A Quiet Place or The Conjuring, all of which have the same rating.  In fact, IMDB have ‘Family’ as one of the genre labels for this film, which should tell you all you need to know about how scary this film really is.

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That critique dealt with, I actually quite enjoyed this film.  Sure the teenage angst sections were a bit cliché and made me roll my eyes a few times.  But there were some really cute moments in there and some parts that really made me laugh.  Of course our teenage characters were all incredible stereotypes, but they were entertaining to watch and had great chemistry on screen.  I do wish we had learnt more about them though.  

And this is true of not just the teenage characters, but basically all the characters.  Even the big reveal that we were waiting for at the end felt rushed and completely out of the blue because we knew literally nothing about any of them until they became relevant to the story.

It’s a pretty good movie for those who don’t like their horror too full on, but for me I wanted a bit more.  A few more scares, a bit more back story, maybe some flashbacks to help with setting the scene.  The surface of this film is entertaining enough, but it kind of lacked the substance to make it more than a one time casual watch.

‘The Strange House’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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