Starring: Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Essex, Colin Blumenau, Lowri Ann Richards, Joshua C Jackson
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Blumhouse Productions psychological horror written and directed by David Koepp. The story centers on screenwriter, Theo (Kevin Bacon), who travels to a remote modern house in the Welsh countryside with his wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), and daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a nightmare when Theo’s grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.
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Stetler: You can’t talk right now. You can’t even breathe. You shouldn’t curse, young lady. Don’t curse unless you want to be cursed. It’s a sin, you know. Cursing. Do you know about sin, Ella? Go ahead and breathe.
Ella: How do you know my name?
Stetler: I know loads of things. Hey. Want to hear something really interesting?
[Ella seems to suddenly wake up from a nightmare, but suddenly is grabbed by the throat]
Stetler: It’s about your f***ing daddy!
[then we see Theo waking up from his nightmare]
Meditation App: Violent or upsetting dreams are merely the mind’s attempt to release the pressures of our daily thoughts and fears.
Theo: If I don’t get you out of here for a while, I think I’m going to go nuts. Let’s just go.
Theo: Anywhere. Away from here.
Theo: [to Susanna] We’ll get a place in the country. Just you, and me, and Ella. It’s so good when it’s just the three of us.
Susanna: You’re rich and retired. I’ll live off of you.
Theo: You don’t mean that.
Susanna: I pretend. It’s my job.
Theo: I’m working on the jealous thing. I really, really am. I’m writing in the journal. I meditate. I do the app.
Susanna: I love you so much.
Theo: Then come away with me.
Ella: Daddy, because you’re old, you’ll die before mommy, right?
Theo: Hey. Hey, hey. I’m not that old.
Ella: But you will die first, right?
Theo: Not if I can help it.
Theo: The thing is, sweetie, nobody really knows when anybody’s going to die. It doesn’t matter how old you are.
Ella: Why do we have to die at all?
Theo: Because life is not survivable.
Susanna: Really? That’s what you came up with?
[referring to Theo’s explanation of death to Ella]
Susanna: I love your dark side, but she’s six years-old.
Theo: I got it.
Susanna: Can you tell her about Heaven next time?
Theo: You can’t sell what you don’t believe.
Susanna: I do it all the time.
[as they arrive at the secluded house]
Ella: It’s so beautiful! I love it!
[as they enter the house]
Theo: Wow. Seems bigger on the inside.
Susanna: Oh, my God.
Theo: Way bigger.
Susanna: I love this.
[as they check out the house]
Theo: Boy, they really got rid of everything personal. They even took down the pictures.
Susanna: Other people’s families are depressing. And creepy.
Theo: Okay, here’s the thing. I don’t plan on dying for a really long time, but when I finally do, and when mommy does, and when you do too, we’re all going to be together again. In Heaven.
Ella: Are you sure?
Theo: That’s what they say.
Ella: Does everyone go to Heaven?
Theo: Hey. You got to get to sleep, sweetie.
Ella: But there was a shadow on the wall.
Theo: I know it’s fun, but it’s time to sleep.
[referring to the light switches in the house]
Theo: Jesus. You got enough switches.
Ella: Why do people hate daddy so much?
Ella: Why do they hate him?
Susanna: Why would you say that?
Ella: Because they do.
[referring to Theo’s previous wife, who was found dead in the bathtub]
Ella: Did daddy kill her?
Susanna: No. No.
Ella: Okay. Why didn’t he just tell them he didn’t do it?
Susanna: Well, he did, and they just didn’t believe him. And because daddy was a rich banker, lots of people were interested in his trial. And when it went to trial, he was on TV, and he got sort of famous.
Ella: What happened at the trial?
Susanna: The judge and the jury all found him innocent, and they said he could go home and start a new life, but some people didn’t want to let him. Some people think that if you’re accused, you must be guilty of something.
[referring to the house; in heavy Welsh accent]
Shopkeeper: You staying up there?
Theo: I’m so sorry. I don’t speak Welsh.
Shopkeeper: It’s English.
[referring to the house]
Shopkeeper: Anything happened yet?
Theo: Excuse me?
Shopkeeper: You meet Stetler?
Theo: Is that, that’s the that’s the owner, right?
Theo: Uh, no.
Theo: The house is fairly new, it seems like?
Shopkeeper: About four years.
Theo: What was there before?
Shopkeeper: Another house.
Theo: Makes sense.
Shopkeeper: House, then a house. Then a house, then a house, then a house.
Welsh Woman: How did you find the house?
Theo: On the Internet. No, I never met Stetler. I need to…
Welsh Woman: You never saw Stetler?
Welsh Woman: Well, he saw you.
[to himself as she walks off]
Theo: Enough with the Stetler.
[referring to Susanna telling Ella about Theo’s wife’s death]
Theo: It was my story. It happened to me, and I knew exactly what I wanted to say to her when it was time.
Susanna: Right. And it was time, okay? I couldn’t lie to her.
Theo: When she was seven, that’s what we decided.
Susanna: That is a completely arbitrary number. She obviously overheard us last night. She asked me point-blank.
Theo: That’s how it happened, huh?
Susanna: Yeah, that is how it happened, yeah.
Susanna: What does that mean?
Theo: I don’t know. You know, it’s just sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real with you. That’s all.
Susanna: Excuse me?
Theo: You’re just a really good actress. That’s all I’m saying.
Susanna: And you’re a passive-aggressive d**k, is all I’m saying.
Theo: You chose this place, not me.
Susanna: No, I didn’t. You sent me the link.
Theo: I absolutely did not. You sent it to me.
Susanna: Alright, can we please stop?
Theo: Who would have imagined that they don’t have the Whole Foods olive bar in Wales?
Susanna: Let me know when you’re done being an a**hole.
Theo: I’m done.
Susanna: With what?
Theo: Being an a**hole. You know, I’ve had this cloud that’s been hanging over me for a while now, and I’ve just been an idiot about it. But I’m done with all that now. It was stupid. I’m sorry.
Susanna: About Ella?
Theo: Yeah. Yeah, you handled it just right, sounds like. Better than I could’ve. You should’ve seen the way she looked at me after dinner.
Susanna: She loves her Baba.
Theo: I’m really sorry for thinking ill of you. It was a sin. I regret it.
Susanna: Catholic school f***ed you up good.
Susanna: That was a half-decent apology. Thank you.
Meditation App: The clear expression of your thoughts and feelings is essential to any relationship. Emotional truth is the only pathway to peace. Suspicion and mistrust are merely impulses of energy, and they are not always under your control. Then again, sometimes those feelings are based in fact.
[after finding polaroids of himself and Ella together asleep]
Theo: This can’t be happening. No, this is definitely not happening.
Theo: Do you like it here?
Susanna: In this room?
Theo: This house.
Susanna: No. Do you?
Theo: I hate it.
[after finding out that Susanna slept with her work colleague] [referring to Max] Theo: You got to go. [as Susanna is about to leave] Theo: Hey, listen, you know, I want to take back that “f*** you all night” thing I said. [after Susanna leaves for the night] Theo: Today is a terrible day. [inside the house] [looking outside the house] [as Theo measures the walls of the house on the outside] [inside unseen parts of the house] [after finding Ella] [after not being able to get hold of Susanna, Theo calls the shopkeeper] Shopkeeper: There was a different house before that one. [Theo hears Stetler’s voice over the phone] [after they’ve been walking at night to get to the village and find a house] [referring to the house] Ella: Please don’t make me go in there. [as they spend the night back in the house] [over the phone, after Theo finds himself trapped in the house] Theo: Your name’s Stetler? [referring to Ella] Stetler: The sins of the fathers come down on the kids. [referring to Ella] Theo: I can’t do this. Theo: Ella, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. Ella: Is it time to go home? [after Susanna comes the next morning to take them from the house] [referring to his previous wife] [last lines; as we see Theo becoming a prisoner inside the house]
Theo: Has he been here, in this house
Susanna: Of course not.
Theo: Because somebody wrote in my journal.
Susanna: He’s not here. He’s in New York. He has meetings.
Theo: I don’t give a s**t where Max has meetings.
Susanna: I’m sorry.
Theo: So, who wrote in my book?
Susanna: Um, I don’t know. Uh, did Ella?
Theo: I bet that guy can f*** you all night, huh?
Susanna: Don’t make it ugly.
Theo: I’m a hundred percent sure that I am not the one that made this ugly.
Susanna: I can’t do this.
Theo: If only you’d said that to Max.
Susanna: You know, it’d feel a lot better if you yelled and screamed like a normal person.
Theo: No, thanks.
Susanna: What? Where?
Theo: I don’t know. Not here. Stay in the village.
Susanna: I’m not staying in the f***ing village! You go if you want to.
Theo: No, you leave.
Susanna: Fine. I’ll take Ella.
Theo: Like hell you will. You’re not making the rules now. You broke the rules. There are no rules anymore.
Susanna: How long am I supposed to stay in purgatory?
Theo: I just need a night to myself. So do you.
Susanna: Don’t tell me what I need.
Theo: A night by yourself.
Susanna: Yes, Theo. I get it, by myself. Max is not here. He has never been here.
Theo: Oh, right, because of all the big meetings in New York.
Susanna: Yeah, whatever.
Theo: Yeah, let me be clear, I don’t actually care who f***s you all night.
Susanna: Oh, my God. Jesus.
Theo: I’m sure it’s quite a list.
Ella: I don’t like it here.
Theo: I don’t think I do, either.
Ella: I have weird dreams, and I get in bad moods.
Theo: Me too.
Ella: I want to go home.
Theo: So do I.
Theo: Does this wall look right to you?
Ella: Um, it looks like a wall to me.
Theo: Can’t tell from in here.
Ella: What are you looking for?
Theo: I don’t know.
Ella: What does it say?
Theo: Says this room is five feet longer on the inside than it is on the outside.
Ella: Wait. How does that work?
Theo: It doesn’t.
Ella: Hello? Is anybody down here? I got lost.
[she turns to see a women lying in a bathtub]
Ella: Hello? Who are you? Can you hear me? Are you okay?
[a hand suddenly jumps out of the bathtub]
Ella: I want to go home.
Theo: We will.
Theo: Yeah. Yep. Yeah. I promise.
Theo: What is this place?
Shopkeeper: Somebody from here, Hans Eagly, he owns the Lindenhof. He said an ant doesn’t know what a cathedral is, or a power plant, or a volcano. It’s the same with that house. You don’t know what you can’t know.
Theo: What sort of house?
Shopkeeper: Just different. And before that, a tower.
Shopkeeper: It’s a legend. The Devil builds a tower to collect souls, and God destroys it. But the Devil just builds it up again, and again. People have always stayed in that house. Some don’t leave. The right ones usually find the place. Or perhaps it’s the other way round, the place finds them.
Theo: We need to leave, now!
Shopkeeper: That’s not up to me.
Stetler: I’m here. I’m always here.
Theo: We did it, honey. We’re there.
[realizes they’ve returned back to the house]
Theo: We’re back.
Theo: We’re back.
Ella: But we were going down the whole time.
Theo: I’ll explain it to you in the morning. It’s complicated.
Ella: No, it isn’t! We were walking down the whole time.
Ella: I don’t want to go in there.
Theo: We don’t have a choice.
Ella: I’m not going in there!
Ella: I hate that house!
Theo: Listen to me. We would not make it out here. Not all night. Do you understand what I’m saying to you? I will protect you. I’m going to make sure that nothing happens to you. I’m going to protect you. Okay? Do you trust me?
Ella: I trust you.
Theo: One more night. Just one more night. We can do it.
Ella: You still love mommy?
Theo: Yeah. I do.
Ella: But not enough?
Theo: Well, sweetie, I never really deserved to have your mom.
Ella: What about me?
Theo: What about you?
Ella: Do you love me enough?
Theo: You know, when I was young, things came pretty easy for me, and really quick, like success and money. Stuff like that. And I think I kind of lost track of who I was. You know, and I became someone that I wasn’t really proud of. Everything in my life just came too easy
and too quick. Except for you. The one thing that mattered. For you, I had to wait.
Ella: Until you were old?
Theo: [laughs] Hey, lady, I’m not that old. I love you much more than enough.
Ella: I love you, Baba.
Stetler: You’re not going anywhere.
Stetler: I got a lot of names.
Theo: Where’s Ella?
Stetler: A lot of faces. And a lot of houses. Been a room here for you for a long time.
Theo: Where is she?
Stetler: Where you belong. With me.
Stetler: Such a lucky daddy. She would do anything for you.
Theo: Let her go, you son of a b**ch!
Stetler: She’d even stay.
Theo: Let her go. Let her go!
Stetler: Think of it. Together forever. Just you, and her, and a lie.
Theo: She’s innocent.
Stetler: Sure she is. But she’s with you.
[he starts hitting Stetler with his own cane]
Theo: I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it!
[he hits Stetler again with the cane]
Theo: I didn’t do it! But I didn’t do it!
[as Stetler looks up, we see that Stetler is Theo]
Stetler: That’s the problem with mirrors. They always show you yourself.
Stetler: The only one keeping her here is you.
Theo: I can’t do it. I can’t do this.
Stetler: Then you know what you’ve got to do, don’t you?
Ella: What for?
Theo: For not being what you think I am.
Ella: But I love you no matter what. Don’t you know that yet?
[he embraces her]
Theo: It is, for you and mommy.
Susanna: You’re not coming with us?
Theo: It’ll never let me. I’d end up right back here. And if you were with me, you would too. I belong here.
Susanna: Can we just try and work through it?
Theo: I love you. I love you so much. But I always knew that you were only borrowed.
Susanna: [crying] Stop talking crazy. Just get in the car, and we can talk about it.
Theo: I killed her, Suse. I let her drown. I could’ve pulled her out, and I didn’t. I watched her die. All those years being so angry, hating her so much, and keeping it inside. I should’ve left, years before. But I didn’t. I belong right here. Can’t run away from your shadow.
Shopkeeper: People have always stayed in that house. Some don’t leave. The right ones
usually find the place. Or maybe it’s the other way round, the place finds them.
[after finding out that Susanna slept with her work colleague]
[referring to Max]
Theo: You got to go.
[as Susanna is about to leave]
Theo: Hey, listen, you know, I want to take back that “f*** you all night” thing I said.
[after Susanna leaves for the night]
Theo: Today is a terrible day.
[inside the house]
[looking outside the house]
[as Theo measures the walls of the house on the outside]
[inside unseen parts of the house]
[after finding Ella]
[after not being able to get hold of Susanna, Theo calls the shopkeeper]
Shopkeeper: There was a different house before that one.
[Theo hears Stetler’s voice over the phone]
[after they’ve been walking at night to get to the village and find a house]
[referring to the house]
Ella: Please don’t make me go in there.
[as they spend the night back in the house]
[over the phone, after Theo finds himself trapped in the house]
Theo: Your name’s Stetler?
[referring to Ella]
Stetler: The sins of the fathers come down on the kids.
[referring to Ella]
Theo: I can’t do this.
Theo: Ella, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.
Ella: Is it time to go home?
[after Susanna comes the next morning to take them from the house]
[referring to his previous wife]
[last lines; as we see Theo becoming a prisoner inside the house]
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