I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House is worth watching if:
- You want to see a horror movie that COULD have been awesome.
- You prefer atmospheric horror to monsters and jump scares.
- Part of you wishes you were reading a novel.
I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House is not worth watching if:
- You want a nice spooky story to match the spooky mood.
- You want to see more than a pretty nurse in a big house.
- You care about the destination, not just the ride.
- Ruth Wilson’s creepy and curious acting as the main character.
- Sets an eerie mood early that ranks among the best for haunted house films.
- It mainly all takes place in one house with one character. Easy to follow.
- The story never lives up to the mood.
- It tries to be too literary. (Hard to believe it’s not based on a book.)
- Doesn’t earn its snail-like pace.
score: 45% CHILLIN
One sentence story summary: A nervous nurse who scares easily finds herself caring for an ailing horror novelist while living in a house with hidden secrets.
It’s particularly hard not to recommend I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House because it comes so close to being a great horror movie. The acting, the setting, the mood, it’s all setup quite masterfully to begin with.
The problem is the further you get from the opening scene, the more you begin to realize that the story isn’t going anywhere. For a movie that incorporates so many literary elements and that focuses on a dying horror author, you’d expect the story to be the one thing it nails. Somewhere along the way, however, it becomes muddied and meaningless. This is a problem when the story being told is integral to the creepy tone it’s trying to set.
The mood goes from downright creepy to “okay, is this movie hiding some major plot point from me” fairly quick. At that point you kind of just hold on until the final credits, hoping for some unexpected and terrifying wrench be thrown your way. Unfortunately, that moment never really comes.
While horror buffs might appreciate a number of elements in this movie, they’ll likely leave disappointed at the end imagining what could have been. This isn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ horror movie, but it’s one that took a decent misstep when it comes to being ‘great’.