The Lodgers is another addition to the “haunted house” subgenre of horror, and it looks to be a good one. In the trailer below, you’ll see a spirit in the house is a malevolent force. But it’s not the only one.
The film is about a brother and sister who live in a magnificent yet decaying home. The brother, it seems, has his own malevolence about him, and the sister gets the brunt of abuse, both from her brother and from whatever sinister otherworldly force is afoot in the halls of the house.
The trailer is more moody than descriptive, so I’ll let IMDB fill in the plot:
1920, rural Ireland. Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother - and with the curse that haunts them.
With elements of romance to warm the chill of the atmosphere, you may be thinking Crimson Peak. But only The Lodgers has David Bradley being dragged, feet first, into the unknown.
The Lodgers will be hitting the festival circuit this month, starting with The Toronto International Film Festival.
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