The most A24-like film from Netflix yet.

I thought LOVE, DEATH, AND ROBOTS was the strangest thing on Netflix. That was until I saw the three-chapter movie, THE HOUSE. In this new Netflix special, the house is the singular constant throughout three haunting tales of envy, obsession, and stubbornness. Each chapter unspools with a sense of dread in beautiful stop-motion animation that’s some of the best I’ve ever seen. Since this movie is broken into three distinct thirty-minute short films, I will do the same with my review. 


If Mike Flanagan made an animated short, I imagine that it would be like this. The sum of Chapter 1 doesn’t equal the creepiness, but it’s well lived in and does what I love most in horror by putting children in danger.


The eeriness and long shots are gone in Chapter 2, replaced with a more whimsical Wes Anderson-style animated horror. Chapter 2 is a strange version of JOE’S APARTMENT as if played with a talking mouse. 


Despite being the most technically impressive of the bunch, Chapter 3 is the weakest. The mice are replaced with cats, and the challenges feel more “first world” than anything of consequence. As the lead character gets more annoyed with her surroundings, I did as well, watching her make poor choices.

THE HOUSE is challenging adult-themed content disguised in animation. I don’t know who the audience is for this film, but I’m impressed that Netflix took a chance on it.

It’s available on Netflix. 

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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