We’re always hearing about the ‘scariest’ film ever that’s ‘leaving people too scared to…X’. Replace X with ‘too scared to leave the house/go to sleep/go for a shit’, and you get the essence of how they market these films.
To be honest, I don’t understand it. If something is too scary to enable my life to function as normal, I absolutely wouldn’t watch it, but some people are very much into being scared shitless.
Not for me. Masochists.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise to say I won’t be watching Our House, a very spooky film that follows science wiz Ethan who accidentally invents a device that has the ability to amplify the paranormal activity in his house.
The synopsis from the film’s distributor, IFC Films, says: “A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea… until you unleash the wrong spirits.
“When his parents are killed in a car accident, science wiz Ethan (Thomas Mann) must leave behind college and his girlfriend (Nicola Peltz) to care for his younger brother and sister. By day, he juggles the responsibilities of raising two kids; by night, he tinkers in the garage on an invention he hopes will change the world: a machine that can generate wireless electricity.
“He gets more than he bargained for, however, when the device awakens the dead souls that haunt the house. As Ethan and his siblings attempt to make contact with their parents, a horrifying realization sets in: not all the spirits in their midst may be friendly.
“This hair-raising science-fiction ghost story is a nightmare journey into a past that refuses to stay dead and buried.”
Naturally, viewers of the disturbing film took to social media and YouTube to share their reactions to the film.
Writing underneath the trailer for the film on YouTube, many said it had left them feeling “f***ed up” and that it had made lockdown even worse.
“Well, guess I’m not sleeping for the next month then FML,” added one.
“Keep convincing myself there are shadow figures outside my room so am resorting to buying a night light… I’m 30.”
A third ranted: “This film f***ed me up – can’t trust anyone when the ghosts looks like your damn parents!”
“Our house on Netflix is SOOO GOOD!!!”
A different terrified viewer noted: “I’ve just watched ‘Our House’ on Netflix and now I’m never gonna sleep peacefully again”.
So if the reviews are anything to go by it’s a deeply unsettling watch.
Not that anybody needs that at the moment – just flick on the news these days and you’ll see something far more terrifying than ghouls and goblins.
Images via Netflix
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.