Starring 13 Reasons Why's Dylan Minnette The Open House follows the story of Logan who, after his fathers tragic death, has to move into his aunts empty house with his mum. The only drawback of staying in the house is every Sunday they have to leave for a few hours due to an Open House. Big house in the middle of nowhere......strangers coming in and out......creepy dungeon like basement setting..... whats the worse that can happen? Well alot of things in fact.
Strange things begin to happen around the house from the moment Logan and Naomi get to the house. There is the obligatory horror trope of the odd neighbor. strange noises in the night things going missed and a bad case of the boiler going off all the time. Naomi thinks it is Logan playing up, effected by the death of his father but we, and Logan for that matter, know differently. The film throws many potential culprits in the way, the creepy neighbor, the boiler man and Chris, a friendly store clerk who takes a liking to Naomi all perfectly placed to keep you guessing throughout.
The slow build works well in the film, it can so easily lead to being too long normally but directors (and writers) Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote have structured this so well that at no point will the film leave you looking at your watch. The Direction as a whole was expertly executed, from the creepy basement scenes with the matches to the imagery used around Logans glasses and vision that leads well into the films finale, and bloody hell what a ending. I loved this ending, didn't see it coming as I was sure I knew how it would end (No Spoilers).
The Open House is another film worth buying Netflix for. This is a must see and a great start to the horror scene for 2018.