Netflix has released the trailer for an upcoming horror film His House, which promises to deliver an interesting twist to the well-known and treaded haunted house film. This will be the debut feature film from director Remi Weekes and will star Sope Dirisu, from Gangs of London and the upcoming season of His Dark Materials, and Wunmi Mosaku, one of the stand-out stars from Lovecraft Country. The film follows a young couple seeking asylum in England after fleeing from the war in South Sudan but they soon discover the evil that exists in their new home country and the public housing.
The first trailer has been released by Netflix and focuses on the torment the couple starts to undergo after moving into their new home. While the preview shows the common staples of a haunted house film, like items moving by themselves and faces in the walls, it also displays how the young Sudanese couple does not fit into the neighborhood and how they are treated like lesser in this supposed “first-world” country. This is emphasized when their caseworker states that they will be happy if they just prove themselves to be “…one of the good ones.” The trailer can be watched below.
This new horror film follows in the footsteps of Jordan Peele’s Get Out by delivering a well-crafted horror/thriller film that is actually talking about social issues. In this case, subtle and not-so-subtle racism, poverty, public housing, and asylum seekers, amidst other important and timely issues. While the tone and presentation seem to fall more in line stylistically with The Babadook, His House will be another great addition to the pantheon of modern horror that tends to have a lot more on its mind than just scares and frights. His House premieres on Netflix on October 30.
His House’s synopsis reads as follows: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.