The trailer for Netflix horror film The Open House presents a scenario where one’s neighbors can’t be trusted, and not even one’s home is safe. The Open House is just the latest original horror product to be released by the streaming giant, as Netflix continues to ramp up the pace when it comes to the arrival of new exclusive movies and shows. Fright fare has been a big focus of this effort so far, and it’s not hard to see why. The horror genre has a consistent fanbase that tends to be willing to check out just about anything, and also tends to show loyalty and offer word of mouth promotion to projects they’re impressed by.
In addition to Netflix’s hit genre-blending series Stranger Things, they also boast zombie comedy series Santa Clarita Diet, as well as the recent serial killer thriller Mindhunter. All three of those shows are renewed for further seasons. On the original movie side, Netflix counts director Oz Perkins’ atmospheric ghost story I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, the psychological mind-bender Clinical, and horror comedies The Babysitter and Little Evil as part of its roster. 2017 also played host to two critically acclaimed adaptations of Stephen King stories, Gerald’s Game and 1922.
The Open House centers on teenager Logan Wallace (Dylan Minnette, star of Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why) and his mother Naomi (Piercey Dalton). The family’s patriarch is recently deceased, leading the two to go and stay in a friend’s secluded house in the mountains for a while. The house is in the prospect of being sold, so Logan and Naomi must leave on Sundays to accommodate open houses for potential buyers. Unfortunately, it looks like one such visitor might have decided to secretly make himself at home. Check out the full trailer for The Open House above, as well as its official poster below. Both were first revealed by Bloody Disgusting.
The Open House’s trailer clearly seems to want to echo The Shining, with its opening overhead shots of snow-covered roads, and isolated mountain setting. It does at least appear though that the source of fear here is entirely reality-based, and not of supernatural origin. Whether or not the intruder is related to Logan and Naomi’s creepy neighbors is anyone’s guess, although it does seem likely.
Amusingly, Dylan Minnette previously starred in 2016 hit Don’t Breathe, which saw his character take part in an attempted burglary, only to become trapped inside with the house’s murderous resident. Now, Minnette gets to find out what it’s like to be on the other end of a home invasion.
The Open House becomes available to stream on Netflix on January 19.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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