Director Neil LaBute’s second film in the same calendar year, after the Diane Kruger starting ‘Out of the Blue’ and the second of the two films releasing this week that stars Justin Long (the other being ‘Barbarian’), ‘House of the Darkness’ doesn’t particularly come at the right time. Only weeks after the release of ‘The Invitation’, LaBute also reimagines Bram Stoker’s Dracula, making his film feel like it could have used a better release strategy or a better research team.
Co-starring Kate Bosworth, Gia Crovatin, and Lucy Walters; this dialogue-heavy chamber piece takes place in a big mansion where Long’s character Hap eventually reaches when he decides to drop Mina (Kate Bosworth) – a woman he met at the bar, in the lure of getting some action.
Initially, things feel alright, but as the night passes, Hap keeps raising the stakes of his lies, in order to get in Mina’s pants. All the red flags aside – her directness and honesty are clear intentions of creepy ongoings, LaBute’s horror film feels like a black comedy that is trying to upend the sexual mores set by an aggressively man-controlled society.
Currently at a 57% Rotten Tomatoes score, ‘House of Darkness’ has received mixed reviews with critics either calling it “..an intriguing and occasionally witty battle of the sexes.’ or saying that it feels like it’s “..simultaneously under- and overwritten.”
Where to watch and stream ‘House of Darkness’ Online?
Saban Films released House of Darkness in a limited capacity across theatres in America on September 9th, 2022. However, if the horror movie is not playing near you, don’t be upset.
The film is also available to stream on Hoopla.
As far as streaming is concerned, it’s possible that the movie will be available to watch in the U.S and Canada on the Roku Channel as a part of the deal scored by the streaming company with Saban Films.