6.5/10
21,729
267 user 122 critic

His House (2020)

Trailer
2:16 | Trailer
A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.

Director:

Remi Weekes

Writers:

Remi Weekes (screenplay), Felicity Evans (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
302 ( 40)
1 win & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sope Dirisu ... Bol Majur
Wunmi Mosaku ... Rial Majur
Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba ... Nyagak
Matt Smith ... Mark Essworth
Javier Botet ... The Witch
Yvonne Campbell ... South Sudanese Woman
Vivienne Soan ... Neighbour
Lola May ... Nyagak's Mother
Kevin Layne ... The Cameroonian
Maureen Casey Maureen Casey ... Detention Custody Officer
Homer Todiwala Homer Todiwala ... Iraqi Man
Dominic Coleman ... Lead Officer
Sally Plumb Sally Plumb ... Secondary Officer
Roland Manookian ... Barber
Andy Gathergood ... Church Man
Edit

Storyline

A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

At around 29 minutes when Rial is getting her blood drawn, the woman drawing her blood fills a purple top tube while the yellow top is clearly shown to be empty. When drawing blood, however, the purple top (EDTA) tube is always drawn last after all other tubes to avoid cross contamination of tube additives. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rial: [in Dinka] I'll protect you.
See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Horror Movies of 2020 (2020) See more »

User Reviews

 
Brilliant on several levels. We need more of this and less junk in the horror genre.
30 October 2020 | by downstage_rightSee all my reviews

There are so many terrible films, particularly in the horror genre, on Netflix at the moment. This is not one of them. All the horrors I've watched recently are either far too dumb, or too far the other way - relying on being artsy or having powerful imagery but sacrificing a satisfying story. This one gets it just right. It is genuinely intriguing but leaves you with a resolution. There are layers of interpretation, but also a nice clear cut story.

I found for a good part of the film I thought it was just a theme of asylum seeking; a couple fleeing something bad and arriving at a not-beautiful side of Britain, with the man trying to adjust to a new culture and then woman conversely holding onto her roots, all through the narrative of an apparently haunted house. The pair being explicitly warned that they might be sent "back" if they made any trouble, or didn't integrate properly, emphasised this theme. But it turned out to be about something quite different - something I can't really say without giving away the plot substantially. It could have been based on anyone with a past, and the fact that the main characters were refugees worked well for the narrative but was not the entire theme.

It was well cast and very well acted, which is not actually all that typical in many films being streamed at the moment. Matt Smith is in it but as a side character: they don't try to force him into it beyond his welcome just to exploit the well known name; also refreshing. He is good in his part, but the two leads are allowed to shine.

I'm not much of an artistic critic but I felt they built and maintained the atmosphere brilliantly. I can't even tell you if it was visuals or score or lighting or whatever because I'm not the type of audience to dissect that - I just know it gripped me and took me with it emotionally. The tension is good and there were jump scares that work well. Personally I can't stand a film that's just reliant on jumpy moments or gore and lacks any actual substance. This, to me, gives the best of all worlds. And when it ended I felt genuinely glad I'd watched it, and watched it to the end.

Honestly this little film buried far below the (poorer quality) netflix recommendations was a very positive surprise for me and I would definitely recommend watching.


213 of 276 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 267 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Dinka

Release Date:

30 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

His House See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed