It is a theme in many movies spanning many genres, but it seems that a lot of horror films focus on this particular aspect of the human psyche.
Just about everything that occurs in Our House can be traced back to a particular character’s obsession. Ethan’s (Thoman Mann) obsession with his machine. Becca’s (Kate Moyer) obsession with seeing her parents again. Tom’s (Robert B. Kennedy) obsession with seeing his wife again.
The plot of Our House isn’t anything unique or genre-changing, but it is well done and interesting. There is a growing sense of unease and dread throughout the film, and the finale is certainly a disturbing culmination.
I would have to say that all of the actors did a phenomenal job, and their performances are what really make Our House stand out among the sea of other horror movies. Kate Moyer’s performance, in particular, is definitely something to be praised.
The cinematography of this film is outstanding. There are many beautiful shots that are juxtaposed by the dark and brooding scenes. Lighting and camera angle play a huge role in the foreboding tone of the movie, while scenic shots establish the context and world in which the story takes place.
Our House’s musical score is also very well done. It ranges from tense, droning tracks to atmospheric 80’s style songs. The music feels appropriate to each scene, and accomplishes the desired effect.
This film reminded me, in a lot of ways, of the 2015 movie It Follows. The time period feels fluid; Ethan’s futuristic machine set against the audio landscape of 80’s style synth, for example. Both movies also smolder with a slow-burn, creeping dread.
If you’re a fan of horror, Our House is not to be missed.