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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

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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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

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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 narrative of the story says the young bride was brought to the house her husband built for her in 1812, but the dress and hairstyle she is wearing, as a ghost, is from the period of the 1850s to the 1860s. Since she was murdered soon after moving into the house, the dress and hairstyle do not match her backstory. See more »

Quotes

Lily: I am very seldom required to wear white by my employers. But, anyway, I always do. It has always been that wearing white reassures the sick that I can never be touched, even as darkness folds in on them from every side, closing like a claw.
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Connections

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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Could'a Would'a Should'a
31 October 2016 | by raquelzepedaSee all my reviews

This story had all the makings of a great spooky mystery. Unfortunately, it did not deliver. It starts with very mysterious theories and possibilities. Then, nothing. It's like going to a steak house and eating a salad with tofu.

That's it, it's anemic. It never really tells you why the ghost is there, nor does the ghost appear much.

It needs more interaction between the supernatural and the living. It needs a solution and a reckoning with what happened to the couple that disappeared. In other words, it lacks the very basics of any story: who, why, what when, etc.

I was really looking forward to this movie because I am so sick of all the stupid slasher flicks. Oh well.

Good try.


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