In the mystery thriller His House (2020), refugee couple Rial and Bol escape from a war-torn Sudan to start a new life in England but are unaware of the evils lurking in their new home. The film made its original debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in January and is now streaming on Netflix. Written and directed by Remi Weekes, the film stars Wunmi Mosaku as Rial, Sope Dirisu as Bol, and Matt Smith as Mark. YouTuber Perri Nemiroff and her friend Matt share their review on the mystery thriller.
The way that writer director Remi Weekes takes that very very real upsetting scenario and pairs it with the haunted house trope of watching characters stay in a haunted house and wondering why they don’t just run away or move out. I think the combination is absolute genius and that’s why this is a perfect example of a horror movie that has so much to say about real world issues while sticking within the genre.
It is just as good as the first time I watched it, says Perri who was able to go to the screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January. She notes the film's ability to present the intersection of culture and horror so naturally really resonates with the state of our current society. Matt also chimes in adding that though the haunted house story trope has been done many times before, this film adds a much different perspective in the story that is unique making it both socially jarring and scary at the same time.
You’re talking about a horror movie that has found a way to talk about survivors’ guilt. And a way to talk about immigration and these things of people looking for a better life and giving up everything they’ve known in the past to do so.
Both YouTubers rate the film a 4.5/5 Dewey’s.
YouTuber Perri Nemiroff rates and reviews new movies and TV shows on her channel weekly.