The Night House – Blu-ray Review

The Night House

As a whole, The Night House is at its best when it blurs the line between reality and imagination. During these moments, the tension and atmospheric dread are raised with the first-rate direction by David Bruckner (The Ritual) and his talented crew. Not to mention, the cinematography by Elisa Christian makes exceptional use of negative space to create the Negative Space Man. Of course, the sound design team also does brilliant work because the smallest of sounds becomes that raises the tension that much more. After all, the smallest detail can make the largest impact.

While it’s easy to appreciate the meticulous attention to detail in the film, the lead performance from Rebecca Hall is the highlight of the film. For the most part, Hall is acting alone, and in those scenes, she expresses so much emotion and even mimes her movements. Her character goes through so much mentally and physically that you begin to wonder if she’s going insane or if there’s something truly there. Yet, Hall maintains such a firm resolve and determination that you can’t help but marvel at her headfirst attitude when facing the unknown. If she’s going to be taken down by a being, she’ll refuse to go quietly. 

However, Rebecca Hall isn’t the only actor in the film. Beth also shares the screen with her sister, Claire (Sarah Goldberg), and Beth’s neighbor, Mel (Vondie Curtis-Hall). While they appear now and then, they tremendously impact Beth’s character arc. Beth’s character arc begins with loss and sorrow, but the supporting characters represent Beth’s hope and peace. So through the film’s themes of grief and loss, The Night House shows us that there are always compassionate people in our lives who will help us get past our darkest time. For a horror film, The Night House has an important universal message for everyone.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Night House - Vondie Curtis-Hall and Rebecca Hall

Video

The Night House hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The whites are bright, and the contrast gives the picture some depth. Darkness plays an important role in the film, and the blacks are deep and inky with no details lost, which is a must since the film’s villain is found in the negative space of the lake house. So if there are any details lost in the dark, then you miss out on the villain. The colors have a natural look to them. However, it’s the red really shines off the screen. When Beth goes into the other world, the red of the night really pops. When it comes to image clarity, the picture details are so crisp.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Night House - Rebecca Hall

Audio

The Night House hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Like most horror films, a key element in scaring audiences is by messing with them through the audio mix. That’s mostly true for The Night House. The soundstage is calm during the quieter moments of the film, but when it tries to scare you, the soundstage gets uncomfortably loud. When the house creaks and moves towards the end of the film, that’s when the soundstage comes alive.

Not to mention, the atmospheric effects, such as rainfall or the Negative Space Man’s voice, completely and accurately fill up the soundstage. The soundtrack fills up the entire soundstage as a scare tactic whenever the stereo turns on. Also, Ben Lovett’s score is mostly subtle, but when things go crazy, it fills up the soundstage with authority. As for the dialogue, it’s clear, but Negative Space Man’s supernatural voice is hard to understand at times.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Night House - Sarah Goldberg

Special Features

The Night House‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • What Happens at the Lake House
  • Theatrical Trailer

What Happens at the Lake House is an intriguing 22-minute featurette where the cast and crew discuss a wide array of topics about the film. They talk about bringing the story to life, the challenges of bringing these characters to life, the inspiration of Hitchcock’s films, creating the Negative Space Man, and more. There’s a lot of stuff that gets covered in this featurette, and thankfully, everything that gets revealed is intriguing.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, The Night House is a flick that’s much more than a horror film. It’s got a delectable mix of substance and scares. When it comes to the video and audio, they’re both superb. It’s just too bad that there aren’t more bonus features included in this Blu-ray release.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Night House is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Facebook Comments

About author

Mark Pacis
Mark Pacis 1721 posts

Self-proclaimed "Human IMDb" and comic book geek. Biggest Iron Man fan you'll probably ever meet.

View all posts by this author →