Movie Review: Open House (2017)

Open House is a 2017 Netflix original psychological thriller. Teenager Dylan and his mother, Naomi move into her sisters mountain house after the death of Dylan’s father. The house is for sale, so they need to make themselves scarce on Sundays when the estate agents come round. However, almost immediately after the first open house there are noises in the house and things moving around. Of course, both Dylan and Naomi immediately think what if someone stayed? Slowly but surely psychological tricks are played on the pair and you start to suspect everyone. I think you really feel the relationship between the two characters grieving for their loss and trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. This movie has been ripped to death on IMDb but I didn’t think it was that bad! It has a nice slow psychological build from the beginning, culminating in some violence. It kept me interested throughout. Don’t expect any answers and this is people’s problem with the movie, there is no explanation for what happens. Now this usually drives me mad! I need answers and I need a story but it didn’t bother me as I expected and I kind of liked how you never see the intruders face. Life doesn’t always have a neatly packaged answer, sometimes psychos are just psychos. What bothered me the most is the milk! The night the father is killed he forgets the milk. It seemed to be a clue and then when they first moved to the mountain house, the mom buys milk and it just seemed the camera seemed to focus for that touch longer on the milk. Yet, this was a story arc that never developed. If anybody can explain the milk, please let me know. I may just be reading too much into the milk (am I milking it?) 5/10 I think for this one. I wouldn’t discount it but if you’re frustrated by lack  of answers maybe give it a miss. I came up with a number of ending scenarios and maybe that’s the trick, use your imagination.

About thewytchinghourblog

I'm a horror loving librarian with the need to share reviews of everything horror, gore and spooky related. I'm an avid reader of books, mainly horror, definitely supernatural. I'm a pagan and like to define myself as an eclectic witch. Halloween/Samhain is my favourite time of year from everything pumpkin spiced, the scent of decay and the veil between worlds thinning. So, here we are to share all things blood splattered, things that go bump in the night and crawl out of the darkness.
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