Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: A young and modern couple go to France to explore an underwater house and share their findings on social media. But the couple has a serious change of plans when they enter the interior of the strange house located at the bottom of a lake and their presence awakens a dark spirit that haunts the house.
Review: It’s all about the crazy premise, a haunted house…UNDERWATER! (Dun! Dun! Dun!) I saw the trailer for this one and I just had to check it out, firstly to see how the hell they were going to pull this off (very well it turns out). And secondly to find out if this was just going to be another average horror movie with a cool gimmick. Unfortunately, I found the latter to be true and The Deep House didn’t live up to my expectations. Let’s take a dive into it, shall we?
First things first, this movie’s choice of location is insanely cool. Shot in a POV camera style, we join Ben (James Jagger) and his girlfriend Tina (Camille Rowe) as they travel the world so Ben can find the creepiest locations for his “haunted” places channel. Travelling to south France they are told by a man named Pierre about an artificial lake where a house is submerged in its depths. Against Tina’s wishes Ben insists they find a way into the house, and after finding an entrance they enter.
The house itself is in great condition (which is strange) and as they go deeper they find two bodies chained and masked in a cellar (which is even stranger). As things get weirder and weirder Ben and Tina try to leave the house only to realise the opening they came through is now a brick wall. And from that point on the horror of not only being trapped in a cursed house and chased by its drowned but undead occupants is compounded by the air that is slowly running out on the unlucky couple.
The best and biggest achievement of this is without a doubt the location. I was blown away by how well the setting of an underwater haunted house worked. Not only were the visuals believable but the movement of the cursed occupants (think Romero zombies underwater) was chilling and never got old. If you’ve ever been scuba diving or even snorkelling you’ve probably experienced that niggling fear in the back of your mind that something could be sneaking up behind you and you can’t see it. Add a dark and eerie setting and a camera that imitates the movement of a someone with limited visual range and you can see how creepy The Deep House gets.
Unfortunately the overall story doesn’t do anything special to utilise such an amazing backdrop. I don’t know if it was just me, but the way James Jagger would speak came across as very robotic and almost emotionless. Rowe as his girlfriend Tina was much better and much more believable but it drove me a bit crazy how she went along with everything Ben wanted to do, even though she knew something wasn’t right. It was horror tropes city with these two and their actions irritated me so much I was rooting for them (or at least Ben) to die because it just didn’t feel genuine that people would sense so much danger and still go deeper into the abyss.
The Deep House deserves a look just for how original the imagery is. It’s just a shame they didn’t go further with it and that the story itself was a by-the-numbers horror that didn’t do more with its cool concept.
Sommer’s Score: 6 out of 10
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