What could be more festive than frightening oneself silly? If you’ve gotten your fill of icy scenery and elf shenanigans, Netflix offers the perfect solution.
Take a break from rewatching Elf, Home Alone, and The Holiday for the hundredth time and instead immerse yourself in the psychological nightmare that tackles the refugee experience.
This hidden treasure is Remi Weekes’ great directorial debut, with an amazing perfect critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience score of 73%.
Fans of horror will recognise Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Loki’s Wunmi Mosaku in this 2020 scarefest.
‘A refugee couple makes a dramatic escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town with something evil lurking beneath the surface,’ according to the description.
It’s almost amazing that this picture has remained under the radar for so long, especially with Gangs of London actor Sope Dirisu in the starring role as Bol Majur.
Often, horror films are full of jump scares and gore with little emotional or sociological reward, but this does not appear to be the case with His House.
‘Excellent. An intelligent horror thriller with a social drama behind and a superb finale. Food for thought!’ one viewer Luis M D shared.
Shaun K added: ‘Brilliant movie. It’s horror with significant depth.’
His House is claimed to be a spooky horror featuring haunting happenings that will shiver you to the bone, as well as a confusing finale for those who prefer their bark with some bite.
The film had its international premiere in January 2020 at the Sundance Film Festival before being bought up by Netflix.
His House received a Remi a Bafta in 2021 for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer, as well as nominations for two additional categories.
The British director was named Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards, while Wunmi was named Best Actress, among two other wins and 11 nominations.
If you want to keep in the Christmas spirit, there’s an entire subgenre of Christmas horrors to explore, beginning with insane humour. David Harbour stars in Violent Night.
Following its 2022 premiere, it has been on everyone’s watchlist since it was eventually launched on a streaming service in the UK for Sky users and NowTV subscribers.
Alternatively, in 2003’s Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton played Santa as a sad swindler.
Don’t sleep on this ghostly horror, or it could come back to haunt you.
His House is available to watch on Netflix now.
Source My Celebrity Life.