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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

A young nurse takes care of an elderly author who lives in a haunted house.

Director:

Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)

Writer:

Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
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Cast overview:
Ruth Wilson ... Lily
Paula Prentiss ... Iris Blum
Bob Balaban ... Mr. Waxcap
Lucy Boynton ... Polly
Brad Milne ... Groom
Daniel Chichagov ... Mr. Darling
Erin Boyes ... Young Iris
James Perkins James Perkins ... John
Beatrix Perkins Beatrix Perkins ... Wendy
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Stained by the brutal death of a young woman, the tranquil and vacant New England mansion of the prolific horror authoress, Iris Blum, has become her silent prison. To take care of the ageing writer who suffers from chronic dementia, the property's manager hires the gentle and soft-spoken live-in hospice nurse, Lily Saylor; however, this is far from an ordinary job. Little by little, Lily's imagination will run wild, as shadowy sightings of eerie female spectres blur the frail boundaries between reality and fantasy, fable and truth. Iris has talked about man's coexistence with the spectral realm in her novels that chill the bone to the marrow. Could her secluded white house at the end of the road be an aerial limbo caught in the middle of life and death? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo soy la cosa linda que vive en la casa See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Oz Perkins includes a few nods to his late father, actor and singer Anthony Perkins, in this film. For example, he includes the song "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song," which is performed by Anthony. Another is a clip from the film "Friendly Persuasion," which starred Anthony. See more »

Goofs

The Netflix trailer includes a copyright line with a misprint in the year, it states "Copyright MMXCI", a misprint for MMXVI (2016). MMXCI is 2091. The main film's opening copyright line also has a misprint. It reads "A Netflix Original Film. All rights reserved. MMXVI". This omits the word "Copyright" and the recognized symbol for it. (Copyright is properly asserted at the end of the end credits.) See more »

Quotes

Lily: It can't be too much longer now. Because time spent in a house with a death in it passes more quickly, you know.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Anthony Perkins and Urbie Green & His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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People Hate a Slow Burn
12 January 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house.

This film seems to be getting negative responses from people, at least if I take IMDb as any sort of serious guide. At this time (January 2017) it sits at 4.8, which isn't awful but is certainly far from great. Having now seen the film, I find the low rating surprising. The acting is great, and there is nothing wrong with the film as far as technical matters go.

My guess is that people have the wrong mindset. The film was promoted by Rue Morgue, among others, and maybe people got caught up in some hype of Oz Perkins or misunderstood. Much like the recent Guillermo del Toro ghost story, people need to see this type of horror (the "gothic romance") as different from what they expect. It might be slower and there will be less blood. But it is about creating a mood, which I think this film does rather well.


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