Netflix and CHILLS: I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

 

 

 

This entry in my Netflix and Chills series of blog posts takes a gander at an indie horror film that is a Netflix Original, an effort that I appreciate from the Netflix folks. It’s cool that they are investing in original horror content.

Sadly, this film is a disappointment.

Many of the best ghost stories are a “slow burn” in terms of pacing, and this film is no different.  This isn’t a bad thing, despite being a risky move in this day and age of instant gratification and the demand for constant action. Adding to the slow pace of the film is the narration by the main character, which is recited more than spoken, her voice a deliberate, sleepy monotone. I could get past this, but the words she is speaking are at times quite over-written and tedious.

If there was a satisfying payoff to this ghost story, I could forgive the pacing and the sluggish narration, but when the climax arrives, it’s just as yawn-worthy as the rest of the film.

It’s a shame, because a slow burn, throwback ghost story filmed in the Kubrickian-style that the director of this movie attempts to emulate could be great. Sadly, Pretty Thing lacks both an intriguing ghost and fails to engage as a story. At just under ninety minutes, it’s not a huge investment of time, but even at that length it feels too long. I think the whole thing might have worked best as a short film, where the misfire of its climax would have more impact.

Netflix – I give you an A for effort, and I sincerely hope you continue to invest in original horror programming. Given the recent success of Stranger Things, I have a feeling that 2017 will be a very good year for fans of the genre!

Thanks for reading, Deadies!

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