A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house.
A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house.
Sono la bella creatura che vive in questa casa
I Am The Bored Person That Watched This Film
In the Days Inn where I am staying now going on over three months, into the fourth month, I have had two rooms. They each have their charms and their imperfections which I don't mind as long as the wi-fi works and the refrigerator keeps my food cold. Of the two the one I inhabit now is far preferable for many reasons. I go out in the late afternoon or in the early morning. I keep to myself although sometimes I have the television on all night long or have the lights on when I fall asleep. The television and the lights interfere with my third eye, with my melatonin production, they keep me from seeing the ghosts that I…
In order for you to understand why I appreciate this film so much I need to tell you a story.
Ever since I was a kid I've been fascinated by ghosts. I clearly remember flicking through these huge Reader's Digest collections my mum had that were about paranormal phenomena and spirits and whatnot. As is often the case in your puberty you somehow tend to gravitate towards kindred spirits and I soon found myself being part of a circle of friends that shared my interest.
We became especially intrigued by the concept of the Ouija board. We had this driving need to discover if we were able to conjure up spirits. Being the the geeky nerds we were (are) we…
Perkins has a unique style for sure, knows how to create a haunting atmosphere and can shoot pretty pictures for sure. It’s pretty unique, this style of minimalism.
But unfortunately this film is quite boring at times. Long-winded scenes without meaning in combination with a confused story kept me glued to the screen with difficulty. It wants to be a horror, but it never becomes terrifying. Even a thriller is a big word, although the last fifteen minutes is nice and audiovisually it does quite a few things well.
Won't quite make my top ten list for 2016, but if I compiled a separate list of the year's most singular films, it would be right at the top. If nothing else, I'll never forget the opening: an amorphous image that resists visual intelligibility for a disturbingly long time, accompanied by some of the most beautifully written (and delivered) voiceover narration in recent memory; it's as if Bill Morrison had adapted The Turn of the Screw. Pretty Thing's vibe isn't so much horror as pervasive dread, which never fails to raise every hair on my lower arms; the skeletal narrative that follows—virtually a solo performance by Ruth Wilson, just wandering around a dark house for an hour and a…
5 minutes of material stretched out to what feels like 17 years. Some nice knitwear though.
The beginning of this film was so promising — a hushed, intent ghost story that recalled Under The Skin in nightmare visuals and deep, unsettling negative space. And then it just drew out the mood intensely for 80-some minutes, repeating the same voiceover lines until they became maddening, then abruptly ending. Thumbs-up for the haunting Lynchian soundscape and creeping sense of dread, but the conceit — that a live-in caretaker was somehow paralleling the life of a ghost in the house — winds up muddy and not entirely fulfilled.
-An air of creepiness
-Bob Balaban randomly appearing
-All style and very little substance
-Ruth Wilson is about as subtle as Elizabeth Banks in The Hunger Games
surely this is how we make our own ghosts
Literally everything, the kind of engulfing amorphous horror that cannot be easily identified or related to, the kind of sweeping humanitarian destruction and tight, cynical, dominant filmmaking leaving no room for imagination in a film that demands imaginary engagement.
Perkins creates an asphyxiated (not an asphyxiating) atmosphere; low browns and crisp imagery and perfectly asymmetrical images directly pushing against the natural flow of the bare narrative. Indeed, this is mostly a film of the 'walking around a scary house in the dark' trope, but it works because our minds play tricks on us when we see things we aren't supposed to, or when we don't see things and expect to, or…
My fourth time watching this film, which has become such a haunting comfort for me, I just knew that I had to give it that perfect rating. I think there are a rare few films that are genuinely perfect, but that more often films can overcome their imperfections by resonating with the viewer. This film has done that for me. It is such pure, timeless horror. Graceful, patient, and dreadful. It engulfs me in a wave of fearful sadness that I have no desire to escape. It is poetry put to film.
All she does the whole movie is move like a snail and make weird faces. The special effects and style of shooting were only thing good. This movie could've easily been accomplished in a five minute short.
They took the name of my planned autobiography.
I don’t understand why this movie has such a bad score on here. I mean, I get that it’s a slow burn and more arty for a horror film but it’s those things that make me love it. It’s beautifully shot and the direction is great, Ruth Wilson is incredible, the script is so strong and literary and good. The slow burn makes the horror hit even harder. I loved this so much.
i watched this before bed and that was great because i fell asleep during it.
Sometimes the deliberate pacing really added to the mood and dread, but more often, it was just hella slow.
Oz Perkins loves to direct horror films where barely anything happens and you ask yourself "What was the point?" afterward.
Why did nothing actually ever happen in this film?
Pure poetry. What a lovely dreadful movie.
Me interesa el terror como lo plantea, desde el punto del fantasma, la realidad es muy sutil en todo el film lleno de oscuridad
*oscuridad, en esto decae: el no ver, no saber, estar al borde del misterio se representa demasiado bien, tan bien que todo lo que pasa ( que no es mucho) se hunde en la cinematografia
La mejor 3scena: ojo en primer plano, todo se revela. La muerte de Polly y la pared.
🧡 SPOOKTOBER DAY 18 🧡
I was impressed with Oz Perkin’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter (February) so I was thrilled to dive into I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. I loved Ruth Wilson in The Affair, so with all this in mind, I was ready for one foreboding, emotional rollercoaster.
To my disappointment, it did not create the weighted atmosphere that this film gets so much praise for. Visually, the film was bleak and the cinematography was very ordinary. The few visuals I liked didn’t linger on the screen for the time it deserved.
And parts of I Am The Pretty Thing felt lazy. Long, quiet shots and a whistling wind sound, or shrill violin score doesn’t really cut it for me…
God this sucked. I genuinely was trying to fight falling asleep the entire time. Its only saving grace was the artistic narration. It would’ve been much more satisfying as a novel.
Great take on the classic spooky ghost in the house genre!
Unsettling slow-burn with a solid use of empty space and darkness to increase the creepy-factor.
Really unique and interesting ending. I dug it.
Nothing happens in this movie, literally till the last 10 minutes. It's astounding how little effort was put into making anything interesting happen here. I am the bored person who watched this movie.
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As it reads on the tin.