This past week Netflix dropped the haunting new thriller His House starring Sope Dirisu (Gangs of London) and Wunmi Mosaku (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice). Directed by Remi Weekes, the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, follows a couple who flee a war-torn Sudan for a better life in London. What they find when they settle in is a little more than excess baggage.
We first see Bol (Dirisu) and Rial (Mosaku) fleeing a tumultuous Sudan and although on a harrowing journey, they are on it together. Upon arrival in London, they are placed in a new house, which appears to be a blessing. This is until they realize there are demons inside the walls. Unlike other “haunted house” movies, which seem to take place in old mansions, this one takes place in a dilapidated old home with cockroaches and filth. Also unlike other haunt films, these ghosts aren’t someone else’s demons. The apeth (witch) that has followed the couple, actually tortures them with their past traumas.
Without giving too much away, I will say that as the plot unravels, so does the relationship. The actual story of His House is about more than just evil spirits, it’s about humanity. Not relying on any horror movie tropes, His House grabs the viewer on a very human, visceral and at times gut wrenching level. That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of jump scares and creepy moments.
This weighty story is brought to life with exceptional performances by Dirisu and Mosaku. The terrifying journey is not just one of living with a curse, but also follows the real-life harrowing journey of refugees seeking safe haven in a foreign land. The direction and special effects are also outstanding without being over-the -top. The lighting and camera angles help set a brooding tone for the unpredictable atmosphere.
His House delivers on all levels. The film is scary because the audience really cares about the characters, who have real depth. The plot is an unpredictable and emotional journey for the audience, and a breath of fresh air in the genre. His House is hands down the best horror film of 2020.