Netflix’s The House Review


Amelia Barnum, Reporter

The recent Netflix release The House is a new motion picture using stop motion animation. The House succeeds from a writing standpoint and in putting stop motion back on top. The House is divided into three short stories, each story stars different characters and worlds, but the consistent element is the mysterious house. Each chapter provides a surreal, creepy, curious environment. This brilliantly dark comedy is sure to make anyone feel uneasy.

Chapter I
The first installment of The House is set in the 1800s. A mysterious patron offers an impoverished family a house; however, once they arrive, things become stranger. This chapter is the most intriguing because of its fairy tale storytelling. Its lessons, though obvious, aid its eerie setting. This chapter’s character designs are some of the most unusual ever created for a film. Additionally, the house in this chapter becomes more alive, adding to the segment’s fearful apprehension. Overall, this chapter is the strongest in its story, voice acting, and design.

Chapter II
The second installment, set in modern time, details the life of a stressed contractor as his open house goes terribly. Once new guests arrive, the contractor gets more than he bargained for. The set pieces for this chapter are pleasing to look at, and the dialogue is the best in the entire movie. This chapter succeeds in delivering a spine-chilling atmosphere with a plot that keeps getting more and more bizarre. It’s a fascinating story of how the house and its residents consume this poor contractor’s life. Although the second-best of the three chapters, this section is the most rewatchable.

Chapter III
The final chapter takes place in a flooded future. An irritable landlady tries to restore her beloved house but is constantly distracted by her eccentric tenants. This final installment can be viewed as the weakest out of the three sections. The main character isn’t that endearing, and the supporting characters come off as annoying and reused. This chapter’s animation uses more CGI than the others, making it weaker in comparison. This chapter lacks the coherency of the other stories because its mystery and creepy environment aren’t gripping. All in all, a weak final note for the movie to end on shouldn’t distract the viewer from how extraordinary the other two stories are.

In conclusion, this film offers unique writing and atmosphere. Each chapter brings its own witty style and charm to the picture using the wonder of stop motion. Overall, this movie deserves attention.