His House

As a young couple from war-torn South Sudan seeks asylum and a fresh start in England, they’re tormented by a sinister force living in their new home.

Year: 2020
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1hr 33m
Director: Remi Weekes
Starring: Ṣọpẹ́ DìrísùWunmi MosakuMatt SmithMalaika Wakoli-Abigaba

Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/81231197

We may have just passed Halloween, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t watch a scary movie, right?

‘His House’ tells the story of Bol and Rail Majur. Refugees who escape the war-torn country of Sudan and find themselves in the South of England thrown into a house while they go through the asylum seeker process.

To them, this is a haven. A big house all to themselves. The possibility of a new life. They suffered to be here including sadly losing their daughter while sailing over rough seas.

They are placed into their new home by social worker Mark (Matt Smith), advised not to stray too far and to try and fit in otherwise they will find their way back to Sudan. Bol (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù) tries to play the part. He introduces himself to the neighbours, even buys clothes he believes will help him fit in better. There is a great scene where Bol and Rial are eating a meal and Bol insists they use cutlery. Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) insists all she can taste is metal as she is not used to eating with anything but her hands.
While Bol does what he can, Rial does not settle well. After building up the courage to venture outside she is met with disapproving looks and unhelpful passers-by.

While appreciating this spacious, if not run down, new home they have, Rial begins to see things – shadows in the darkness, strange happenings – and begins to believe she is being haunted by the demons of her past. When she brings this up to Bol, he brushes off the idea of such things. Eventually he, too, begins to experience the same things. The noises in the walls, the figures watching him from the shadows and eventually they become more than figments of his imagination.

The action starts from the first 20 minutes and rarely lets up. While there is plenty of juxtaposition it’s done well and doesn’t take you out of the film at all.

What follows is a creepy, well made, independent horror film that keeps you on the edge of your seat with ease. With twists and great performances by both lead characters I would certainly recommend this to any horror fans out there.

I was pleasantly surprised by ‘His House’. With a small and mostly unknown cast, the script is great giving the viewer a glimpse of what asylum seekers possibly go through every day, while it not becoming a main focus and the great direction from a fairly new director all come together great, resulting in a film and a performance to enjoy.

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