House Of Pain

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2016 | SVOD

Di­rec­tor Hervé Had­mar Cast Veerle Baetens, François de­block, Geral­dine Chap­lin, lila-rose Gil­berti

SHUD­DER New hor­ror-themed sub­scrip­tion ser­vice Shud­der’s most eye-catch­ing launch ti­tle is this UK premiere of a three-part French minis­eries.

Af­ter Lisa (Veerle Baetens) in­her­its an old house from a mys­te­ri­ous bene­fac­tor, she finds a hid­den pas­sage lead­ing to The House, a be­wil­der­ingly labyrinthine struc­ture with no ap­par­ent means of es­cape…

A classy, at­mo­spheric se­ries, it es­chews jump scares and gore in favour of enigma, eerie im­agery, and a strong sense of the un­canny. The House op­er­ates as a metaphor for deal­ing with grief, with the emo­tion­ally with­drawn Lisa forced to con­front feel­ings about her dead sis­ter. There’s also a star-cross’d ro­mance, as she bonds with Julien (François De­block), a soldier who strayed into The House from 1916 and has worked out some of its rules.

Who­ever scouted the lo­ca­tions de­serves spe­cial praise; they com­bine dere­lic­tion and grandeur to cre­ate a world of scenic de­cay. Don’t ex­pect to be gripped by ter­ror; at most, The House’s sin­is­ter “First Men” – slowly crawl­ing fig­ures smeared in black oil – might cause a creep­ing sen­sa­tion of un­ease. But if you’ve ever strug­gled to es­cape a men­tal state, Be­yond The Walls will strike a haunt­ing chord. Ian Berri­man

Our pick of five cult movies avail­able on Shud­der: The Be­yond, Black Sun­day, The Chil­dren, Car­ni­val Of Souls, Spi­der Baby.

Work­ing on the rail­way was tough but in­vig­o­rat­ing.

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