Release year: 2017
Director: Brian O’Malley
Screenwriter: David Turpin
Starring: Charlotte vega, Bill Milner, David Bradley, Eugene Simon, Moe Dunford, Roisin Murphy, Deirdre O’Kane
In rural Ireland in 1920, twins Rachel (Vega) and Edward (Milner) live an isolated life in the family estate. Each night they make sure to be in bed by midnight, because they live by a set of rules set by the lodgers, the presence taking over the house at night.
This is only the second feature film from Irish director O’Malley, but with the first being horror thriller Let Us Prey (2014), the pattern is set for the emerge of a new great horror director. For while gothic horror drama The Lodgers may not be the most terrifying or scary movie you’ve seen, even this year, then it is certainly filled with a dire atmosphere and a constant sense of dreed, which leaves you hooked until the end, eager to find answers. Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t answer all questions, leaving you feeling a bit unsatisfied, but the road there is an undeniably beautifully crafted period piece. Fans of hard-core horror may want to stay clear of this more delicate of the genre. It focuses more on the development of Rachel as she rebels against her fate and is spooky rather than frightening, with a brilliant soundtrack setting the mood as water drips and floors creak. Vega (Another Me, 2013) and Milner (Son of Rambow, 2007) deliver excellent performances while Simon’s (Kill ben Lyk, 2018) characters leaves you wishing you more. Leaving promise of a great horror career for O’Malley, The Lodgers may not stand out as original, but it manages to seep under your skin and leaves you feeling the misery and dread of the incredible atmosphere after the credits end.
The movie is filmed in Loftus Hall, which is known as one of Ireland’s most haunted houses.
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