Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star in this claustrophobic tale told at a remote yet modern house in the Welsh countryside. He is a retired banker married to a much younger actress who is in England to film a movie. They have a young daughter, played by the talented Avery Essex.
The house is a character in and of itself. The viewer is never really sure if the house is haunted or if the person who rented it (they found the listing on the internet so we never meet the owner) is playing games with the family. Lights turn on by themselves. Labyrinthian hallways seem to appear out of nowhere. The setting is off putting and keeps you guessing.
Kevin Bacon’s character had a previous marriage. She died from drowning in the bathtub after taking too many drugs. Bacon was accused of killing her, but was acquitted of the charges. The damage was done though. In the public eye he was guilty forcing him to retire from his job.
The couples daughter asks why people treat her father with distrust. The mother tries to explain it to her and says that her husband is innocent of killing his first wife. There was part of me that wondered if she really believes this, and the credit of that goes to Seyfried who plays the character in the best of subtle ways.
Bacon discovers that his wife has a secret cell phone and that she is having an affair. The paranoia has set in and he thinks that the other man is the one messing with the house. He sends Seyfried away after they argue.
Later, Bacon tries to leave the house with his daughter after eerie things happen but he keeps ending up back there. The house doesn’t want him to leave because it knows his secret. The one he hides from everyone, including his wife. Like I said, the house is it’s own entity.
I can’t say enough good things about this film directed by David Koepp. It’s an isolated, well crafted masterpiece. Clues to what is going on are spread throughout if you are paying attention. It’s the kind of film that is just as good the second time around because you catch things that you didn’t think were relevant the first time.
It is now available for VOD rental on streaming sites like Vudu. It’s well worth the $6.