Film Review: Is Nothing After Beth?

The Night House is a supernatural thriller written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski and directed by David Bruckner. Rebecca Hall is in the lead role with some support from cast members Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin, and Vondie Curtis-Hall.

Beth is grieving the loss of her husband, who took his own life recently. She is still living in the lake house that was built by Owen, the deceased groom. It doesn’t take long for the spooky dreams to start. There also seems to be some kind of poltergeist shenanigans. The mysterious presence is apparently leading Beth to some long hidden secrets kept by the late husband.

This turned out to be fairly effective at giving me the chills at times. Hall gives a pretty compelling performance here. The expression of her grief and confusion kind of goes all over the place. It’s a little hard to predict her reactions to the various strange occurrences going on around her. The film does well enough to keep one guessing as to what led to Owen’s tragic decision. I did have some difficulty understanding the disembodied voice at times. Whatever voice modulation effect the technical wizards used was not all that conducive to making the spirit easily heard by everyone. That seems to be the only major distraction to my enjoyment of the film.

This is one of the better horror flicks I have seen in some time, and Rebecca Hall seems to be a consistently solid and interesting casting choice. The title of this little blog will make more sense to those who actually see the film and pay attention.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s