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
In an early scene that pans across Iris Blum's bookshelf, the final book seen on the shelf is titled, "The Lady in the Walls." The book is later read and referenced throughout the film by the main character, Lily. Written by Iris the novel is set in the 1800s. It tells the story of Polly, a young bride whose gruesome death is not detailed in the conclusion to the novel. The first words spoken in the movie are almost identical to the opening of the novel, hinting at an interconnection between Polly and Lily. Iris insists of calling Lily by Polly's name throughout the film. See more »
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 »
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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A Traditional Gothic Horror Story, Slow and Brooding, Chilling
I don't often write reviews on IMDb, but I really wanted to for this movie because it was getting a lot of negative reviews.
I will start by saying that I understand why many people did not enjoy this movie. It is a horror movie and story out of time.
In a world where fast paced, jump scare horror is the common trend, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is something entirely other. It takes cues, primarily, from Gothic literature and Kubrick style film making.
As far as the story goes, it is slow and brooding. I think this is something quite different from boring, but is easily to mistake for it, especially if that style of storytelling isn't your style.
It takes time to introduce Lily as a character so that you suffer when she does. This is done for long scenes where nothing but character development happens. Since she is in a home where the only other living resident is barely cognizant, it does this through monologues, phone conversations, and her wandering around the house. The writing of the monologues is of a particularly high quality. I was sold on the movie from the opening.
As a movie, it uses slow long or wide shots with jarred cuts to build suspense visually and uses slightly dissonant music to build terror. These tools are used really well. Not quite as well as Lynch or Kubrick, but still great.
In quick summation, if Mary Shelley or, more recently, Susan Hill (who I think may have been at least part of the inspiration for Iris) wrote the screenplay for The Shining, you would get I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. If that sounds interesting to you, you will love it. If it doesn't, you will likely hate it.
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