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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.15.15] horror

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With an eye towards channeling classic haunters of the 70's like The Changeling or Don't Look Now, The Rasmussen Brothers' new film, The Inhabitants, stands apart from many recent haunted house flicks as it evokes a wonderful sense of nostalgia through its filmmaking style.

For me, the film came at a fortuitous time, when I was right in the middle of binging on early Cronenberg as curated through Criterion's recent releases of Scanners and The Brood. How well The Inhabitants slid into the look, tone and pace of those films was a nice surprise and I think if you're a fan of that era of horror you'll dig the care that's gone into evoking it here.

The story is about young couple (played by Elise Couture and Michael Reed) who buy a bed and breakfast in New England and discover that the old house is hiding a dark secret within its walls. Of course the house has a history of past owners who have met with mysterious ends, but this doesn't dissuaded them from taking on the challenge of opening a new B&B and starting a new life together.

To add to the authenticity and creepiness of the bed and breakfast, The Inhabitants was filmed on location inside one of the oldest houses in New England which was home to the Salem Witch Trial children.

While the story does go in some interesting directions involving a history of surveillance, and there is an interest in examining the devolving relationship between Jessica and Dan, The Inhabitants' biggest success is how well it builds tension through moody visuals and bone chilling sound design. And, ultimately, isn't that what we want from a good haunted house flick?

The Inhabitants is currently available digitally, so check it out!

Recommended Release: The Inhabitants

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