This one could have been the perfect ghost story. Unfortunately it leaves a little too much unexplained. You leave the theater (or the viewing, if you’re planning to wait to see this one at home, although it really is a movie that should be seen up on the big screen in a darkened theater) unsure about exactly what happened, and why. Sometimes that’s okay; in a David Lynch movie, that’s the whole point. But sometimes it just annoys. With THE NIGHT HOUSE it’s the latter. It’ll have to settle, then, for being the *almost* perfect ghost story. Not perfect, but damn good. A groovy mystery with genuinely creepy atmosphere, anchored by a more than solid performance from leading lady Rebecca Hall. It just needed a couple of more lines throne in to explain things better.
THE NIGHT HOUSE started out as a HELLRAISER story, according to the screenwriters, and knowing this going in, you can tell. You could almost switch out that—SPOILER ALERT!—creepy statue of the woman pierced with all the spears or whatever with the Lament Configuration and the story would flow seamlessly. Imagine Pinhead delivering the speech from the Big Bad at the end of the movie. It still works. That prospective but never filmed HELLRAISER would have been, to judge from the storyline, a really good movie. Instead we get THE NIGHT HOUSE, a really good movie. It’s a fair trade.