An unfairly overlooked supernatural chiller draws the plaudits it never got first time around

Horror is a genre that always feels as though it’s in danger of reaching saturation point, but it never does for the sole reason that audiences love few things more than being scared out of their seats. It doesn’t matter how many frightening features come out of the woodwork, because there’s always going to be a crowd for them, even if The Night House didn’t get the praise it deserved at the time.

Of course, the pandemic was a huge factor considering that upcoming Hellraiser reboot director David Bruckner’s atmospheric dive into the supernatural initially premiered at Sundance in January 2020, but didn’t land in theaters until August of 2021. Despite a Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score of 87 percent and another powerhouse performance from the always-reliable Rebecca Hall, though, The Night House could only just about scrape past $15 million at the box office.

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