Is it possible that director Remi Weekes has just generated the most impactful horror film of 2020? And what’s more a debut feature film that has launched on streaming platform, Netflix.
With a refugee storyline front and centre, depicting a couple who have barely survived escaping from war-torn Sudan to settle in England. as they carry their scars in the decisions they make in order to fight for their freedom.
These choice moments wear them down both physically and mentally which is then projected into the walls of their new abode.
Are these ghosts of their past, a demonic presence, or maybe something far more sinister lurkin from the depths?
I’m a sucker for films that spend the time to create depth in their characters and here Weekes has carefully crafted a storyline with meticulous research and infusing his leads with a predicament based on real life situations to grind as much reality onto the screen, amplifying their turmoil further.
It’s this attention to detail that is even crafted through the production design and cinematography that cements the story and the sheer harrowing ordeal to the very core of humanity.
We continue to question our choices and the decisions we make through life and sometimes these fleeting moments are what haunt us the most, and we must choose to face up to them or continue to burden them upon our backs. It is these minute details and the dedication to the ground work in film making which casts Weekes with a promising career ahead of him.
Weekes is quick to attest the success of His House to his lead performers, Sope Dirisu (Humans) as Bol and Wunmi Musaku (Lovecraft Country) as his wife, Rial.
Both of whom are beyond amazing with their performances and clearly emote every ounce of the weight that their characters embody, but I would argue that this is a result of what happens when a director allows their actors the space to breathe life into their roles and develop the profundity of their misery.
We the audience are all the better for it and shoulder the burden of every twist and turn along the way, which makes a certain reveal all the more gut-wrenching when it comes along.
For a first time running a feature length film, Weekes belies his film-making status, leading the audience to believe that he is a veteran of his craft.
The story is dark, disturbing and ultimately human.
His characters are a showcase in depth, fuelled with the emotion that his fantastic leads, Musaku and Dirisu embody in order to tell a tale that is rich and ultimately rewarding.
His House is an amazing film and has left a significant mark on this reviewers’ soul.
- Saul Muerte