His House centres around Bol Majur (Sope Dirisu – Black Mirror: Nosedive) and his wife, Rial (Wunmi Mosaku – Temple), who come to the UK after escaping South Sudan in a boat which collapses in the sea,leading to the death of their daughter, Nyagak. Subsequently heading to a detention centre after being rescued, you’d think the worst of their problems would be behind them.
They’re being provided with accommodation, but it’s a horror film, so you know it’ll be far from plain sailing. And that’s not just because the housing estate makes the buildings in The Last Of Us look habitable!
However, as council worker Mark Essworth (Matt Smith) explains to them, there’s numerous conditions to living in the property including, “No ball games, no games… no balls” 🙂
When things start going bump in the night, is it something spooky, or just chavvy neigbours? After all, one of the neighbours doesn’t look particularly human, and more like something out of Aphex Twin’s Come To Daddy video!
There’s a whole heap of weird stuff happening, little of which makes sense, but that’s often horror movies in a nutshell. At one point, wallpaper peels off to reveal a massive hole, and a long rope to be pulled out by Bol, but what follows gives off some creepy Poltergeist-style vibes. Meanwhile, Rial is convinced there’s an evil witch on the property…
His House has some decent scares, unlike the majority of horror movies, as we see weird voices talking to the couple, while flashbacks are also added to explain how vents took place when they had to leave South Sudan. So, this mixes horror with the horrendous circumstances people have to face when fleeing war-torn countries in search of a safer life.
There’s also great performances from the two leads, as well as a nice low-key turn from former Doctor Who lead Matt Smith.
His House is on Netflix from Friday October 30th, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 93 minutes
Release date: October 30th 2020
Director: Remi Weekes
Producers: Aidan Elliott, Martin Gentles, Ed King, Roy Lee, Arnon Milchan
Screenplay: Felicity Evans, Toby Venables, Remi Weekes
Music: Roque Baños
Bol Majur: Sope Dirisu
Rial Majur: Wunmi Mosaku
Nyagak: Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba
Mark Essworth: Matt Smith
The Witch: Javier Botet
South Sudanese woman: Yvonne Campbell
Neighbour: Vivienne Soan
William: Rasaq Kukoyi
George: Gamba Cole
Phillip: Bradley Banton
Dr Hayes: Emily Taaffe
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