A potent, heart-wrenching spin on the classic haunted house story, buoyed by two stellar lead performances.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz
Ultimately, Weekes’s story, which pivots on a minor-key twist that doesn’t quite earn its intended gasps, falls just short of justifying its feature-film length. There is an excellent short film hiding in the corridors of His House – it just needs a slight renovation.
One of the best British horror debuts in years, populated by well-drawn characters and a particularly nasty spirit. If you get a chance to move into His House, take it.
For all of its clumsiness and rookie missteps (which continue through the film’s gut-punch of a coda), His House is an urgent and spine-tingling ghost story about what it means to begin anew in a home that may not want you to live in it.
Throughout, Remi Weekes forcefully, resonantly ties the film’s terror to the inner turmoil of his characters.
The Associated Press by Jake Coyle
By bringing the migrant crisis into a horror-film realm, His House has forcefully captured the traumas of the refugee experience. The grounded performances and pained faces of Dìrísù and Mosaku offer no easy answers.
A potent if unbalanced mashup of social-issues polemic and haunted-house horror.
Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang
A crafty feature debut for the English writer-director Remi Weekes, His House is one of those return-of-the-repressed freakouts in which suspense and social conscience effectively breathe as one. That’s the idea, anyway.
Tightly wound on almost every front, His House packs an enormous emotional punch even once its scares grow stale.
The Observer (UK) by Simran Hans
Genuine jump scares are bolstered by the film’s spooky sound design, as well as terrific performances from Dirisu and Mosaku, whose terror is palpable.
A unique take on the “haunted house” horror blended — a bit clumsily, at times — with the little-spoken realities of the refugee experience. The plot twist is unexpected and lasting, but the film's scares resonate more with the brain than the body.