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Plot: A young nurse takes care of elderly author who lives in a haunted house. Runtime: 87 mins Release Date: 28 Oct 2016
I have to recommend the ghost story film on Netflix entitled, "I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House"A lot of poor reviews on Netflix and IMDb, a lot of 1's poor poor bored people... 5.something on IMDb.It was pure poetry... some might hate it the way I hate the Paranormal Activity sequels... when I say nothing happens... that's what they'd say about this movie... but unlike those, I loved this. The big difference is that this was full of poetry and ambiance and atmosphere, and Paranormal Activity was really lacking in aesthetic... there's an art to this <more>
movie, it's everywhere... in the dialog, in the scenery, in the wallpaper, in the pacing, and in the story. It's pure story. I think it's possibly explained in the narration at the end:"I have heard myself say, that a house with a death in it can never again be bought or sold by the living, it can only be borrowed from its ghosts. And so it is. The house that stands at the end of Teacup Road, near the town of Braintree, Massachusetts. You may borrow it from me. Because the memory of a death is a thing that stays, pressed deeply in place like type on paper. Even after it has been covered up with nothing left to see. And still I think I'll stay for one more look at her. This is how I let myself rot. The pretty thing you are looking at is me."To me it means all things of history are the forgotten lives of those who have died... within the ground, the walls, are their memories, once so meaningful to them, so pretty so hopeful... and when we look at them, we bring them back to life to get another look at the world through us.I found the movie quite beautiful.10/10
A review in FAVOR of this story and the film depicting its details. (by Jett-Black)
It has been said that: "A house with a death in it can never again be bought or sold by the living, it can only be borrowed by the ghosts that stay behind."Okay, at first glance, this reminds me somewhat of "The Yellow Wall- Paper", but it is a completely different story that is perhaps set in a similar or same era. Now, this IMDb.com page references negative reviews from people who viewed this film and who express that they were bored by it. Be aware that this is a film and a story of a style and a setting that is not exactly modern. The intent is not so much to present a <more>
fast- paced thriller, but perhaps instead to present a story of some more enduring merit and intensity that is of a genre and a taste acquired either by personal adventure into perhaps a southern Gothic literary style or by compulsion by participation within a literary composition course that requires such reading. Some viewers and readers may actually prefer such styles and may actually find this viewing rather compelling, even thrilling. Very likely you will know within the first several minutes of this film whether this style particularly appeals to your deep personal interests or whether it will simply be a complete waste of your time. In either case, the film and the story stand upon the merits of the genre rather than your own personal preferences.Addendum: okay, actually, the time in which this style is set is actually much more present-day than I had imagined from the presentation style itself. The style of story-writing is that which is a bit archaic for perhaps most modern readers, and perhaps as such garners much less appreciation by younger people than it truly deserves. The depiction of some slightly modern conveniences and technology such as television sets and the mention of airports at all clearly places this story in a somewhat modern setting. The focal character and narrator of this story is a hospice nurse. Immediately, death and dying are thematic in this story and this will no doubt persist throughout. Some people still find these themes most intriguing and adventurous, even thrilling to read and otherwise consume. I hope that you will enjoy this film as much as i am right now.["The Yellow Wall-Paper" is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.]
Every person gave this movie 1-2 stars are all complaining about how bored it is, but I think this movie is a living novel. Everyone who hasn't watched this movie yet, don't let the score fool you. This movie is beautiful and sad. "I am the pretty thing that lives in the house". What a poetry title. It's like you are reading a poem. Actually I had to hold my breath because I was afraid my breath would ruin the atmosphere. This movie actually brings out how confuse all the ghosts are, while being trapped in their own history. "I have heard myself say, that a house <more>
with a death in it can never again be bought or sold by the living, it can only be borrowed from its ghosts. And so it is. The house that stands at the end of Teacup Road, near the town of Braintree, Massachusetts. You may borrow it from me. Because the memory of a death is a thing that stays, pressed deeply in place like type on paper. Even after it has been covered up with nothing left to see. And still I think I'll stay for one more look at her. This is how I let myself rot. The pretty thing you are looking at is me." So is it Lily talking about Iris, or Iris about Polly, or Polly about Iris? Or both?
Slightly macabre.. Artistically palatable for acquired taste (by Onerous12)
Don't be put off by the rating of this film. When all the dust settles over Oz Perkins' direction, I suspect many critics will backtrack over their first impressions given time. I've seen a few comments regarding "what genre".. thereby lies the confusion..If you are expecting Slasher, Action, Blood and Gore, easy access plot, you will be disappointed. On the other hand, if you expect deeply artistic, thought provoking for a more mature attention span, you will be pleasantly surprised.!If this film was a meal and you were eating out, it would be fine dining as opposed to <more>
"all you can eat".. It's never "on the boil", just, gently simmering, leaving you pleasantly satisfied and not bursting at the seams requiring an antacid to relieve the indigestion and heartburn.
A Traditional Gothic Horror Story, Slow and Brooding, Chilling (by blaine-c-martin)
I don't often write reviews on IMDb, but I really wanted to for this movie because it was getting a lot of negative reviews.I will start by saying that I understand why many people did not enjoy this movie. It is a horror movie and story out of time. In a world where fast paced, jump scare horror is the common trend, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is something entirely other. It takes cues, primarily, from Gothic literature and Kubrick style film making.As far as the story goes, it is slow and brooding. I think this is something quite different from boring, but is easily to <more>
mistake for it, especially if that style of storytelling isn't your style.It takes time to introduce Lily as a character so that you suffer when she does. This is done for long scenes where nothing but character development happens. Since she is in a home where the only other living resident is barely cognizant, it does this through monologues, phone conversations, and her wandering around the house. The writing of the monologues is of a particularly high quality. I was sold on the movie from the opening.As a movie, it uses slow long or wide shots with jarred cuts to build suspense visually and uses slightly dissonant music to build terror. These tools are used really well. Not quite as well as Lynch or Kubrick, but still great. In quick summation, if Mary Shelley or, more recently, Susan Hill who I think may have been at least part of the inspiration for Iris wrote the screenplay for The Shining, you would get I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. If that sounds interesting to you, you will love it. If it doesn't, you will likely hate it.
Friday night's my scary movie night. Most such evenings, however, I'll begin a half dozen candidates on Netflix, HBO, etc., and never get ten minutes into one before giving it the hook. Found-footage, camcorder films get an immediate ax. Sometimes the quality of the dialogue and lack of technique prove too excruciating. But went the full length with IATPTTLITH. Casting the distinguished Bob Balaban was a plus but the mood and brooding just pulled me along. Indeed, as another COMMENTER pointed out, casting the female lead as a faint-of-heart shrinking violet was a stroke of genius. <more>
Leaving both background story facts and plot points out are a bold move that ease the impossible horror film task - wrapping up the "story". Especially liked the replaying of the film's beginning at the very end - such having been totally forgotten and offering what once was benign as now chilling. Hope I get this lucky every Friday.
The very essence of Gothic literature in cinematic form (by Perception_de_Ambiguity)
I would describe 'I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House' as a Gothic short story or maybe even a Gothic poem brought to the screen. But forget about all the tropes and visuals that are associated with this genre, it is instead focused on what for me is the essential element of Gothic literature: The dead are alive. This doesn't seem like much to build a narrative on, and the driving force of "Pretty" indeed is not plot, nor characters, nor the solving of a mystery. And while all three things are embedded into its narrative it is first and foremost a tone poem. <more>
An important thing about the the-dead-are-alive notion, especially in this film, is that it goes both ways. The living can sense the presence of the dead AKA ghosts , but the dead actually live on after their death, probably mostly concerned with reliving their past, but they might also be able to sense the living. So who is haunting who?Consequently "Pretty" presents a ghost story within a ghost story, to put it in simplified terms. In more concrete terms the plot concerns Lily, a nurse who stays in the house of elderly horror fiction writer Iris Blum, to take care of her until her death, which shouldn't be too far into the future now. But it also wouldn't be too wrong to say that the main character is the house that had a few occupants over the course of its lifetime. I don't mean this in the tired old this-and-that-place-is-like-another-character-in-the-film way, the personality of the house certainly is made up of all the people who lived in it. But writer-director Oz Perkins takes the expression "If these walls could talk" and makes it a reality. It is about the people who lived in the house or more correctly the people who died in it , but for all intents and purposes the main character is the house itself."Pretty" starts with nurse Lily's first day at the house and her opening narration tells us that she just turned 28 years old, but that she will never be 29. She talks about death, memory and says "From where I am now, I can be sure of only a very few things." One of those things is her name. So right from the beginning we know that Lily at least Lily as a narrator is already dead. Logic dictates that what we see on screen are her hazy memories of her short time in the house. Can we trust her words and can we trust what we see? In any case, old Iris Blum doesn't talk much. But she keeps calling Lily by the name of Polly. And Lily seems to sense some ghostly presence in the house. Polly, as we soon learn, is the main character of Blum's most famous novel "The Lady in the Walls", a novel of which Blum said it lacks an ending because of "an obligation to be true to the subject" for Polly didn't tell Blum about her ending, but Blum tells us that she is convinced that "as endings go, Polly's was not an especially pretty one." Incidentally there also slowly emerges an ugly, moldy stain on one of the walls in the house that Lily grows concerned about. Is there some connection? Perkins leaves the viewer in the dark for most of the film's running time about the concrete connections between all the characters, as slow and eventless as the whole thing is it is difficult to keep track of all the points of view. For example Lily isn't the only one whose voice-over we hear, we also hear and see young Blum as she writes the novel, and we hear and see Polly. Those voices also aren't particularly easy to distinguish, and it gets even more complicated when scaredy cat Lily finally dares to pick up "The Lady in the Walls" to read at least parts of it, the content of which is told from both Blum's and Polly's point of view. Through the viewer's natural desire to know the answers the film evokes ideas on the way as we contemplate all the possible answers. Did Polly really exist? Is she buried behind the wall? Are Lily and Polly somehow the same person? Is Lily a fictional character altogether? Or is Lily only imagining things? Like a poem or a song it evokes first and foremost a tone, a mood, and sparks ideas of what it might be about. It takes further readings/listens to find that in between all the lines it actually tells a story, a simple story perhaps, but nevertheless a story. And this is actually how 'I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House' worked for me. The tone and the ideas immediately took hold of me, but it took me two viewings to really make sense of the narrative. This isn't without its drawbacks, because frankly it isn't so much difficult to follow because it floods you with information that you need to sort out, on the contrary, it basically is so eventless that it poses a challenge to stay attentive for the whole time. This was, however, clearly a conscious choice by Perkins, and his approach is nothing if not consequential. But it makes criticisms of the film being "boring" particularly understandable in this case, "Pretty" indeed is very one-note, and unless it is a note you relish or that you learn to relish, it won't be enough for you to satisfyingly get you through a whole feature film.As it turned out after two viewings, the solution to the mystery is quite concrete and surprisingly not at all convoluted. Nevertheless the ending for me is as chilling as it is simple, and it beautifully circles back onto itself, like a chorus that keeps coming back, just what you would expect a story told by a ghost to be.
Beautiful Gothic Art-House Film (by marobles-38552)
Yes it's a slow burn. I personally enjoy those types of films. The cinematography is beautifully shot. The writer/director is son of Anthony Perkins. He did an amazing job blending drama with elements of horror. There is something to be said for minimalist story telling. I feel like you can get lost if there is too much going on. The simplicity of Perkins' story telling is refreshing. If you are looking for constant jump-scares or a bunch of scary special effects, watch a different movie. But if you enjoy art-house Gothic horror, this movie is great. Plus his dad has a cameo there is <more>
a scene where one of his films plays on TV which I thought was wonderful. I really enjoyed this.
What a brilliant refreshing change this is to every other movie around. I watched this at home, initially putting it on in the background just to have something ticking away but it grabbed my attention immediately because of its quiet, undulating way. I wouldn't recommend it for a date. If you go to see it at the theatre probably just go by yourself.It is captivating and brilliant. It washes over you and slowly takes you into the world and the house the characters, and the spirits inhabit until before you know it - you are in there with them.The metronome of the film beats slowly yet <more>
surely. And the questions asked by it require the viewer to extrapolate based on their own beliefs therefore people may come out with different views and opinions. Nothing wrong with that. Personally I thought this was a brave and masterful piece of film making depending on the context in which its being watched.