I ventured out yesterday evening to watch what I thought would be the standard, run of the mill, Blumhouse, jump scare horror flick entitled, “THE NIGHT HOUSE” and I was pleasantly surprised. The Night House is on some deep psychological horror shit infused with the requisite jump scares but ones that earn your respect and that even enhances the impending dread… the overall morose and existential climax of this film. I have not been so riveted by a horror movie since HEREDITARY assaulted my senses back in 2018. Edge of your seat entertainment in my opinion, but STOP right here and listen to what I’m saying. This is a movie for people who appreciate a nuanced and cerebral experience at the movie theatre. I’m not trying to be pretentious here but sometimes I will tell my friends they should see a movie because it made me feel some type of way and they absolutely don’t get it or worse, hate the recommendation I have made . I’ve learned that assuming everyone is looking for the same thing I’m looking for at the cineplex is presumptuous. This movie ain’t for everyone, but its awesome. Rebecca Hall puts this movie on her back as the mentally jarred widow who has recently lost her husband to suicide. I have said before in my blogs that I’m not a movie reviewer, I react to movies and I state how movies make me feel. I go to the movies for the emotional ride and the “celluloid teleportation”. This movie is thick with atmosphere…the scares are embedded in the detailed plot and the multilayered, brawny performance of Rebecca Hall. There is also a deeply haunting ballad that is used to great effect in the movie and when you hear it, it becomes just as frightening as any practical or CGI effect. When this movie was over, I savored the unconventional ending and some of the unanswered questions even though I would have preferred a nice, neat Scooby Doo resolution. The themes of what’s actually haunting us and whether or not it’s an outside force or just us haunting ourselves lingered with me and into my dreams later that night. Check this joint out if you like a good story and enjoy a ghost story that cuts to the bone.