His House (2020)
Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Remi Weekes
Producer: Aidan Elliott, Martin Gentles, et. al.
Screenplay: Remi Weekes
Date Released: January 27, 2020
Wunmi Mosaku as Rial
Sope Dirisu as Bol
Matt Smith as Mark
Javier Botet and Cornell John as The Witches
Emily Taaffe as Dr. Hayes
Malaika Abigaba as Nyagak
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Couple, Rial and Bol, along with their daughter have escaped the warzone of Sudan, Africa and traveled by boat to the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, during the trip, their daughter doesn’t make it. Detained at an immigration asylum, they are released and placed in a home by the institution with special conditions. However, when Rial and Bol enter the home, they start to experience strange occurrences. They believe the home may be haunted. Meanwhile, Rial is having difficulty adjusting to their new home while Bol is buying into the new way of life.
There is no blood or gore in this film. His House creates tension by utilizing jump scares and other psychological elements.
The Grave Review
His House is a film that starts well and has excellent dimensions but slowly loses momentum as the film progresses. Particularly, His House indirectly addresses issues such as immigration, oppression those seeking asylum. Although those subject matters are powerful, in themselves, they were not as emphasized in the film as they could have been.
Another critical point which creates confusion is the fact that there was never a true explanation for the hauntings or the antagonist. In addition, as the film progresses, there are multiple scenes which are unclear primarily because these scenes shift from one location to another without a clear transition. These scenes did not help to provide the much-needed explanation to make the story whole. By the end of the film, there are more questions than answers. In that way, the film ended poorly.
Nevertheless, the concept was sound and the messages sent by the film were on-point. From an entertainment point of view, this film was not bad. There just was not a lot of depth to it.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives His House two and a half graves out of five graves.
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