56 user 95 critic

The Beach House (2019)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 9 July 2020 (USA)
2:07 | Trailer
A romantic getaway for two troubled college sweethearts turns into a struggle for survival when unexpected guests - and the surrounding environment - exhibit signs of a mysterious infection.


Jeffrey A. Brown
651 ( 233)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Liana Liberato ... Emily
Noah Le Gros ... Randall
Jake Weber ... Mitch
Maryann Nagel Maryann Nagel ... Jane
Michael Brumfield Michael Brumfield ... Police Officer
Matt Maisto Matt Maisto ... Creature in basement
Steven Corkin Steven Corkin ... Infected neighbor
Dan Zakarija Dan Zakarija ... CB Radio Voice
Veronica Fellman Veronica Fellman ... Radio
Learn more

More Like This 

Relic (2020)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home.

Director: Natalie Erika James
Stars: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote
The Rental (2020)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two couples rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.

Director: Dave Franco
Stars: Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand
Scare Package (2019)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Chad, the owner of Rad Chad's Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee.

Directors: Courtney Andujar, Hillary Andujar, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Jeremy King, Noah Segan, Toni Trucks
Yummy (2019)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Yummy is an orgy of blood, violence and fun in which a young couple travel to a shabby Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction. Her mother ... See full summary »

Director: Lars Damoiseaux
Stars: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon
Volition (2019)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder.

Director: Tony Dean Smith
Stars: Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz, John Cassini
Amulet (2020)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An ex-soldier, living homeless in London, is offered a place to stay at a decaying house inhabited by a young woman and her dying mother. As he starts to fall for her, he cannot ignore his suspicion that something sinister is going on.

Director: Romola Garai
Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton
Becky II (2020)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A teenager's weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives.

Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Stars: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale
Host II (2020)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Six friends hire a medium to hold a seance via Zoom during lock down - but they get far more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong. When an evil spirit starts invading their ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Savage
Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb
Blood Quantum (2019)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'kmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.

Director: Jeff Barnaby
Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck
The Wretched (2019)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents' imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.

Directors: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce
Stars: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones
Archive (2020)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs: being reunited with his dead wife.

Director: Gavin Rothery
Stars: Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra
Sea Fever (2019)
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The crew of a West of Ireland trawler, marooned at sea, struggle for their lives against a growing parasite in their water supply.

Director: Neasa Hardiman
Stars: Hermione Corfield, Dag Malmberg, Jack Hickey


A young couple head to a beach house to spend some quality time and finds it peaceful when they don't encounter any neighbors around. Their quality time is interrupted by the arrival of unexpected guests and as if that wasn't bad enough, a mysterious fog along with a mysterious infection is slowly spreading around. Written by Fella_shibby@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

college | See All (1) »


Drama | Horror | Mystery


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Writer/director Jeffrey Brown said he wrote the script around a personal experience where a trip to Cape Cod resulted in ending a relationship with a woman he was dating. He then weaved in his deep affection for '50s sci-fi. See more »

User Reviews

True horror is a boring conversation you can't escape
28 June 2020 | by ChrisInMiamiSee all my reviews

The Beach House - Review

Randall takes his girlfriend Emily to his father's beach house to try and reconcile their relationship which has become troubled and estranged since he dropped out of college. When they arrive they discover his father has already lent the home to an older couple, Mitch and Jane. Randall and Mitch decide, to the ladies' disappointment, that the house is big enough for all of them and they agree to vacation together. Unfortunately there is something lurking in the sleepy beachside town. That is the basic setup for what becomes a pretty tedious watch. I knew absolutely nothing about this movie other than it was a horror. The first half moved too slow and felt too ambiguous. With no sense of who the protagonists and antagonists were and due to the unexpected presence of Mitch and Jane, I wondered if it was a psychological horror and the houseguests were just going to turn on each other. In the first half, which is entirely comprised of dialogue and no action whatsoever you learn very little about the characters; only Emily is given any depth. The whole first half evokes that feeling like you are at a party stuck in a boring conversation you can't escape. There is no humor and even the introduction of some recreational drugs doesn't make the characters any more enjoyable to the viewer or each other. Finally the real threat is revealed and the movie starts to take off. From there the movie creates an adequate sense of claustrophobia and desperation as Randall and Emily discover they may have all been infected by some unknown contaminant. It's the best part of the movie but I wouldn't want to say much and spoil it, especially if you have the fortitude to sit through the first half.

I think the filmmaker was going for a 'slow burn' horror but they essentially fashioned a two act structure that feels tedious and directionless. The high concept story, which has potential, was obviously hamstringed by its low budget; the first half takes place entirely inside the house and there are no other characters for the protagonists to interact with. Although there are some good moments with body horror in the style of David Cronenberg, the actual threat and it's origin or purpose is never fully explained which can work for or against the film depending on the viewer.

Special props to the actors, especially Liana Liberato and Jake Weber, whose performances gave the characters what little depth they had.


35 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 56 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

9 July 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beach House See more »

Filming Locations:

North Truro, Massachusetts, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Recently Viewed