Netflix Horror ‘I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House’ Is A Must Watch For Horror Movie Buffs
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is one daring original Netflix horror movie. This movie has been ignored for whatever reason, but it is high time you watch it.
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is one daring original Netflix horror movie which has been buried under the overflowing new content that is flooding the entertainment scene. This movie has been ignored for whatever reason, but it is high time you watch it.
Movie with one of the most intense openings
Writer and Director Osgood Perkins' sophomore feature I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a magical amalgam of 'The Witch' and books like 'The haunting of hill house'. It is a gothic murder ballad made with great expertise and finesse.
The strength of this horror flick is in its ability to make you as uncomfortable and paranoid as its main character, played by Ruth Wilson. This not a movie of gore nor will you find many jump-scares like many other movies of this genre. It has long sustained silences with few dialogues, but this adds to the suspense and eeriness of the movie. The voice of the nurse guides the viewers with words in prose through the house.
There is a ghost of a woman named Polly, played by Lucy Boynton. One can get glimpses of her, like a faintly glowing gossamer.
So the movie kicks off with one of the most intense openings I’ve ever seen:
“The pretty thing you are looking at is me. Of this I am sure. My name is Lily Saylor. I am a hospice nurse. Three days ago I turned 28 years old. I will never be 29 years old.”
Lily Saylor, a live-in nurse has been hired to take care of Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss), a retired horror author that now suffers from dementia. But Ms. Blum doesn’t call Lily, Lily. Instead she calls her Polly. Which, is strange, but hey, Ms. Blum has dementia after all. So, whatever. Until Ms. Blum’s estate manager, Mr. Waxcap (Bob Balaban), explains that Polly was a character in Ms. Blum’s most popular book, ‘The Lady In The Walls.’ So, obviously Lily is curious, who is this Polly, and what is her story? In this movie, the book is a foreshadowing of the things to come. But Lily doesn’t know what happens in the book, she is too frightened to find out. And therein lies the rub.
It is a quiet movie, subtle and beautiful. It is slow but not cheap. Its originality should be appreciated. One may not get scared but for a short time after watching it, you may feel like you're being watched. Everything tangible has been obscured but there is an effervescent feel and it remains with you.
This movie is a must-see as it has all the elements of an intriguing movie.
Why this movie was buried?
Nobody knows. Perhaps it was its long title which was difficult to search on Netflix or maybe it wasn't promoted well or maybe it should be categorised as a suspense thriller rather than a horror flick. Whatever it is, if you are a movie lover then GO AND WATCH IT.