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THE NIGHT HOUSE

"Friendship Helps Defeat Demonic Evil"

Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
Production:
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Language
Violence
Sex
Nudity

What You Need To Know:

THE NIGHT HOUSE is a horror movie about a young widow who’s menaced by what appears to be the ghost of her husband who unexpectedly killed himself. Beth, the young widow, is still grieving over her husband, Owen’s, perplexing suicide. She starts to experience what appear to be a ghost. Beth discovers that Owen was cheating on her with other women and dabbling in occult voodoo for some reason. Things are not what they seem, however. Whatever is happening, though, it’s putting Beth’s own life in danger.

THE NIGHT HOUSE successfully scares viewers. It’s well directed and produced, with an excellent performance by Rebecca Hall as Beth and some intriguing plot twists. The plot moves a bit slowly, however. Ultimately, THE NIGHT HOUSE has a light moral worldview about good overcoming demonic evil. Beth gets help from a friend at a crucial moment. Also, an act of sacrificial love is uncovered. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, because of strong foul language, scary violence and some occult references. The occult content in THE NIGHT HOUSE eventually turns out to be a red herring.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral worldview where a young widow must overcome a demonic spirit haunting her life, with help from a friend, plus references to ghosts and occult symbols similar to voodoo, and it’s revealed that a woman suffered a traumatic near-death experience as a teenager where she may have been headed to Hell rather than Heaven before she recovered, plus an act of sacrificial love is revealed

Foul Language:
19 obscenities (mostly “f” words), three strong profanities, and 12 light exclamatory profanities

Violence:
Strong scary violence includes woman discovers corpses of murdered women in a house that was being constructed but was abandoned, woman has a vision of her husband strangling a woman, references to suicides, man smashes woman’s head into mirror, woman tumbles down stairs, and a demonic shadow haunts woman in multiple scenes to the point where she’s mesmerized and in danger of unintentionally killing herself

Sex:
Some sexual references include young widow discovers her husband was seducing and murdering women, but things are not what they seem

Nudity:
Rear and upper male nudity

Alcohol Use:
Widow appears to be drowning her sorrows in drink and widow gets drunk in bar with her friends and is driven home

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Husband hides secrets from his wife.

More Detail:

THE NIGHT HOUSE is a horror movie about a young widow who’s menaced by what appears to be the ghost of her husband who unexpectedly killed himself. THE NIGHT HOUSE is produced and directed well, with an excellent lead performance by Rebecca Hall and a story where good overcomes demonic evil at the last minute, but the movie is sometimes a bit slow and contains strong foul language, strong scary violence and jeopardy, and occult content.

As the movie opens, a young widow, Beth, is still grieving over her husband, Owen’s, sudden suicide. Owen took a boat out on the lake next to their home, then shot himself with a gun Beth didn’t know he had. He left a cryptic suicide note, “You were right. There is nothing. Nothing is after you. You’re safe now.”

Beth begins to experience creepy supernatural events in the lake house. Among her husband’s things, she finds mysterious blueprints for a reversed floor plan of the house.

One night, Beth confides in her friend, Claire, that, when she was a teenager, she had a near death experience and saw there was nothing but darkness.

More hauntings occur, and Beth starts to believe they’re the ghost of her dead husband, Owen. She starts seeing an elusive, ghostly shadow of a man around the house. Owen’s mysterious blueprint leads Beth to a strange unfinished house on the opposite shore. She also discovers that Owen was cheating on her with other women and dabbling in occult voodoo for some reason. Things are not what they seem, however. Whatever is happening, though, it’s putting Beth’s own life in danger.

THE NIGHT HOUSE successfully scares viewers. The movie is well directed and produced, with an excellent performance by Rebecca Hall as Beth and some intriguing plot twists. The plot moves bit slowly, however. Ultimately, THE NIGHT HOUSE has a light moral worldview about good overcoming demonic evil. Beth gets help from a friend at a crucial moment. Also, an act of sacrificial love is uncovered. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, because of strong foul language, scary violence and some occult references. The occult content in THE NIGHT HOUSE eventually turns out to be a red herring.