If there’s anything Hollywood has taught us it’s never trust estate agents and small town folk and Netflix again seem to be doing the best with the horror tropes because Open House looks like you’re going to need a blanket handy.
You know the classic, mom and son move into a new house. House makes weird noises. People start appearing and doing creepy things…
Of course you do. That’s the great thing about the horror genre. You keep putting people into obvious, terrifying situations and you keep winding them up and pulling them apart mentally and physically and we keep lapping it up. The movies that is, not the insides of the poor characters.
The Open House sees a mom (Piercey Dalton) and son (Dylan Minnette) move to a new home in the sticks after a death in the family. The house, lovely as it seems, is on the market, so they have to leave it at weekends for viewings.
Now as anyone who has ever owned a home or rented one or tried to rent one knows viewings are an absolute pain in the backside. The weekend open house thing our friends in America do doesn’t sound so bad if you compare it to the travesty we in the UK have to put up with – ‘No, it’s 8.30pm on a Friday night, now’s not a good time for a viewing.’
Anyhoo, after some viewings creepy things start happening in the house. Floorboards creek, shadows appear, and the locals start acting real funny. Of course, the local fuzz don’t see anything strange going on.
Check out the creepy trailer below:
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See what I mean? I’m from Cornwall and even I find that creepy.
The Open House will be available to stream on Netflix from January 19
Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.