His House: Netflix Film Review

His House

Prepare to be scared by Netflix’s His House, a haunted house story like you’ve never seen before.

The horror stars Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku as Bol and Rial, a young refugee couple who make a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan and seek asylum in England. After spending time in a detention centre, they are allocated a house in a non-descript town and given a demanding set of rules to live by. Bol and Rial are thrilled to be able to start a new life and have a new home – until they realise it’s not quite the idyllic dream they were hoping for as it is haunted by ghosts from their past.

I love that writer/director Remi Weekes has used a haunted house horror story as a way to tell a story about these young immigrants, how they are treated in their new town, and the super restrictive rules they must follow when given accommodation. I had no idea about these details or how the process worked so I found the film very enlightening for that reason.

It is also scary too. I’m pretty easily spooked when it comes to haunted house films – a door opening by itself will do it for me – so this was very effective. I basically grew tense every time night rolled around in the film because I knew the ghosts were going to come out again! Some of them are pretty terrifying visually.

The revelation towards the end was very powerful and changes the game regarding your understanding of the movie and the characters, so I was a big fan of that, but there were some scenes as it neared the finale that were a bit more surreal and I didn’t fully understand them so it lost me a bit.

The lead actors are terrific, particularly Dirisu, as he has the most emotionally and physically demanding role. He really gets put through the wringer! Mosaku, who I’ve recently been watching in Lovecraft Country, seems more calm and collected, but really comes into her own towards the end. Matt Smith also pops up and puts on his best common accent as their caseworker.

Despite the little niggle about the ending, His House is a chilling original haunted house horror that provides powerful insight into the world of asylum seekers.

Available on Netflix from Friday 30th October

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Official Secrets: Film Review

Official Secrets tells the remarkable true story of Katharine Gun, a whistleblower who took action and risked her livelihood in an effort to prevent the Iraq War. I didn’t know anything about her so I’m glad this film has been made to shine a light on her bravery.

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Official Secrets: LFF Film Review

Official Secrets tells the remarkable true story of Katharine Gun, a whistleblower who took action and risked her livelihood in an effort to prevent the Iraq War. I didn’t know anything about her so I’m glad this film has been made to shine a light on her bravery.

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Matt Smith, Claire Foy & Gillian Anderson at The Crown world premiere

Tonight the cast and crew of The Crown came down to London’s Leicester Square for the world premiere of the upcoming Season 2 of the Netflix series. Click inside for pictures of Matt Smith, Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby and more!

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Top Films for February

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It’s the start of a new month which means my usual ‘what to watch’ list. Most of January’s list was comprised of the U.K. playing catch up with releases that had been out in the U.S. for months – but in February we finally get some actual 2016 movies like Deadpool and Zoolander 2. YAAAAY! Here’s my run-down of February highlights:

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Lost River: Film Review

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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River was panned when it premiered at Cannes so I braced myself for an experimental film that was totally shit. So I was actually surprised that Lost River wasn’t as bad as the media reports had lead us to believe. It needs a lot of work, sure, but it isn’t awful.

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Big Pics: Keira Knightley, Rita Ora & Matt Smith

Keira Knightley 

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Keira smooches with her new husband James Righton on their honeymoon in Corsica. The pair got married 10 days ago.

Mindy Kaling 

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Mindy was MEAN to pal Amy Poehler by sending her a ton of shots. She captioned the pics with: “I’m kind of a bitch”. You said it! Poor Amy.

Zayn Malik

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik was abused while sleeping by girlfriend Perrie Edwards. She gave him a funky set of nails, which I totally love. I doubt he will appreciate it though- especially his sleeping face being shown to millions!

Calvin Harris & Rita Ora

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Are Rita and Calvin dating?! It may not be obvious in this picture but the one below certainly hints at it! The pair were spotted at a Daft Punk album party.

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Cara Delevigne

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Cara has got herself a massive tattoo of a lion on her finger! Bit random. Best of luck to magazines- they’ll have to add that to the photoshop list!

Glee

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The Glee cast seemed to be having a great time at the FOX Upfronts presentation in New York last night. L-R: Darren Criss (Blaine), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Lea Michele (Rachel), Jane Lynch (Sue), Kevin McHale (Artie), Matthew Morrison (Mr Shu) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina). Love them!

Matt Smith

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What a transformation! Matt looks like a total thug. He has seriously got into his role in the upcoming How To Catch A Monster- the directorial debut from Ryan Gosling. You can see Mr G in the car below.

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