Groovy Movies: I hate this house

“The House” is an eerie and awe-inspiring film that will hold viewers’ attention for its entire duration



“The House,” an animated film on Netflix, is an eerie and mysterious tale of an old house and the many people who have lived in it.

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor

Eerie corridors, scary dark corners, lost memories and untold stories are all things that come together to make “The House” a home. 

“The House” was released on Netflix in January of this year. The film uses its storytelling and creepy stop motion animation style to create a false sense of security to viewers and lure them into the mysterious environment that is “The House.” 

The film is split into three chapters, each explaining a different story of someone who resided in the house. The chapters skip through time and seemingly dimensions as well, with the first covering humans in what seems to be the Victorian era, the second switching to a modern day city run by rats, and the final chapter showing a sort of dystopian cat society. 

The art of this film is brilliant. Stop motion has always had a special place in my heart, with some of my favorite childhood movies coming straight out of Tim Burton’s collection of clay creations. The house uses an impeccable mix of styles, each chapter looking and feeling different from the last. Many of the creatures appear to be made of felt, though it changes each chapter to show different textures and realities. 

In addition to the beautiful art of this film, the writing itself is absolutely something to be fond of. The use of foreshadowing is impeccable and really makes you think about why things are happening the way that they are. This is especially apparent during the first chapter. A family is offered residency in the house while a famous architect “renovates” their home. Their residency becomes permanent though, and the two young daughters have to try and learn the ins and outs of the house in order to save themselves from certain doom. 

This film manages to create a collection of short stories that interconnect into one big eerie tale of a house that seemingly has a mind and story of its own. “The House” makes viewers feel as though they are traveling through dimensions into a new mysterious world. The film is immersive and makes you want to dive deeper and deeper into the mysteries of this building. 

The house always seems to be under construction, but never manages to lose the same eerie and decrepit feeling it had from the start, which is an absolutely wonderful feat and makes the film feel all the more cohesive. 

All in all, “The House” is a wonderfully thrilling film that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. It has an amazing story and awe inspiring art that will keep viewers eyes glued to the screen. 

“The House” is available to stream on Netflix.