When we die, what happens to us? It’s impossible for us to know the answer to that question since no one who knows for sure can pass it on.

And that’s dangerous, too, because it’s in the domain of the unknown. There is a part of all of us that is always afraid of what comes after life, whether it be a great something or a great nothing. We all have that fear.

The Night House Review Mourning Becomes Her


The Night House Review Mourning Becomes Her

Every single ghost story has an underlying theme of death and reincarnation, but it’s always exciting to see an original take on the subject emerge in the horror genre. David Bruckner’s The Night House is a masterpiece for this reason. In addition to Rebecca Hall’s stunning performance, the film features a great production design and cinematography, a captivating tale with a deadly finish, and a lot to say about loss and death.

The Night House, a film by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, tells the story of a high school teacher named Beth (Rebecca Hall) who is dealing with the death of her husband Owen (Evan Jonigkeit). Stigmatized by the death of her husband, she tries to keep things going on the outside by attending work and being open with her coworkers, but she self-medicates by drinking and can’t escape her memories while living alone in the lake house Owen constructed for them.


A bare-bones rendition of the story is provided here since The Night House is a cinematic experience that is best appreciated without knowing of the major plot points or expectations for specific scenes.

As soon as the film begins, you are hit with its first emotional sting, and it proves to be only one of the many that the story has to offer. To be clear, I am not going to criticise it for its lack of supernatural commitment, but there is a magnificent and dark creative spark that is very unnerving and sticks in your mind long after the house lights have gone up.