I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)

Filled with promise and peppered with remarkably eerie atmosphere, this quiet little chiller starts off well, with a peculiar but arresting main character and some genuinely chilling moments here and there… but then quickly begins to spin its wheels until runs out of steam well before the climax. It really is a shame, as leading lady Ruth Wilson has crafted a surprisingly well-developed main character with easily identifiable quirks with solid support from the always reliable Bob Balaban, but director Oz Perkins overly relies on slow-build tension that simply seem to pad out the running time, making the movie regrettably boring and frustrating at times. A missed opportunity, but the establishing shots and the first few scares suggest Perkins may have more to offer.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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