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The Lodgers

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Ireland · 2017
Rated R · 1h 33m
Director Brian O'Malley
Starring Bill Milner, Charlotte Vega, Eugene Simon, David Bradley
Genre Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

1920, rural Ireland. Twins Rachel and Edward are cursed to live in their crumbling family estate, haunted every night by a sinister presence known as The Lodgers. But after meeting charismatic war veteran Sean, Rachel begins to challenge The Lodgers, leading to a deadly confrontation with her brother—and with the curse that haunts them.

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Variety by Dennis Harvey

David Turpin’s screenplay is adequate but slender, with rather too few complications and a foundational mythology that, when finally revealed, proves pretty skimpy itself. That doesn’t trouble O’Malley. He brings so much gloomy, lustrous visual enchantment to the tale that it feels quite bewitching while you’re watching it.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

The Lodgers reveals itself to be a beautiful gothic horror with a captivating truth mishandled in a desire to surprise more than resonate.


The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

It’s a serviceable period ghost story that’s slight in story and not exactly subtle in themes, but contains a few genuinely striking images and atmosphere to spare.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Working with an uneven cast and an undercooked story, Mr. O’Malley hits the horror beats just fine (slam, creak, squeak) without putting a sinister spin on the assorted strange doings. For all the genre exertions, none of this feels the least bit spooky.


The Seattle Times by Moira Macdonald

The Lodgers is never particularly scary, or even logical, but it’s always gorgeous to look at; you can see where it’s going, but you might not mind watching it go there.

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