His House Review
Javier Botet is one of the most well-known actors in the industry in the present, yet you won't be able to identify his name from a list of actors. A spundly Spanish actor who is able to squeeze his 6'6" size into all sorts of prostheses, Botet has scared the things off of people more times than you'd think. He was the frightened hobo in both the chapters of It. Guillermo Del Toro's go-to person for terrifying fingerplaying. And you won't be able to guess who he was on screen in Slender Man.
The film Remi Weekes' dazzling debut film, His House, he's back in demonic mode, frightening the pants off of the audience as well as the newlywed couple who've moved into his estate of council. This is yet another win for Botet with his savage movement and body language are just still as terrifying as ever. In a way, Botet is a reassuring presence in this scene. While he's twirling around with his long, savage fingers into gaps in walls Botet is a reminder of the more traditional horror film which His House could very easily be. Although Weekes (working on his screenplay) shows a nifty hand in the jump scares and the sudden, loud noises that we've come to associate with the haunted houses we've grown accustomed to He's also conscious that there's more to the story.
Weekes never gets lost in the emotion that inspires his characters. He's definitely one to watch.
So he blends the ghost story and an emotional and powerful tale of guilt and grief as an immigrant in a nation that is apathetic at best and hostile at worst. His characters are a world different from the typical horror film characters. Bol (Sope Dirisu) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) are couple whose relationship seems to be slipping away in the face of all sorts of threats as they struggle to cope with the dark that forced them to be confined to an extremely small boat to leave Sudan and adjusting to a new world that's so dull and undefined that they're not aware of where they're. This is before an eerie force, swarming the couple with ghostly images from the past, encroach on and encircles their new house, much like Gary Busey on a bender but even more chaotic. This is a novel approach to the haunted-house film and even how the two quickly accept their sexist lodgings and then propose to take care of the situation is a departure from the norm.
The two Mosaku as well as Dirisu are excellent They are both fantastic, however, Dirisu (who has this film, and also his tough but sweet turn as the character in Gangs Of London, is having a fantastic breakthrough year) in particular is awe-inspiring as a man who is seeing his new beginning ("We are able to be fresh," he tells Rial at one moment) slowly slipping through his increasingly bloody fingers. As tension increases, Weekes begins to incorporate an ever-increasingly surreal and imaginative visual including flashbacks to the horrific events which made Bol and Rial run away from Sudan and a spooky night-time conversation that is infused with spirit are especially impressive. However, he is never able to lose the underlying emotions that drive his characters. It's clear that he's a star to watch . Get to the ground with him right now.