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The House is a deeply unsettling miniseries that’ll get under your skin and occupy your mind long after the credits have rolled. Netflix and Nexus Studios’ stop motion anthology show may be a bit too arthouse for some, and its ending doesn’t fully align with the stories that precede it. But its surreal and unnerving tales, coupled with dark comedic and nostalgia-inducing elements, make for riveting if disturbing viewing.

Pros

  1. Unsettling and creepy tales
  2. Stellar stop motion animation- Surprisingly nostalgic

Cons

  1.    Loses momentum in its final moments
  2.     Another entry exploring The House’s mysteries wouldn’t have gone amiss

Overview of The House

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Billed as an eccentric dark comedy, The House follows three tangential stories, set in different time periods, in the titular but unnamed abode.

The first tale, occurring in the 1800s, is centered on a poor human family that moves into ‘the House’ following a chance encounter with a mysterious but eerie benefactor. The second plot follows an unnamed humanoid mouse (Jarvis Cocker) in the present day, who works as a property developer and, after coming into possession of the building, battles some unexpected guests as he tries to renovate it. Set in the near future, the final story introduces audiences to Rosa (Susan Wokoma), an anthropomorphic cat who struggles to restore ‘the House’ – which was her childhood home – to its former glory.

Unsurprisingly, it’s the first story that sets the entire miniseries in motion. ‘The House’ is only built after the eerie benefactor slyly convinces the family’s drunk husband and father Raymond (Matthew Goode) to trade their lowly cottage for a life of so-called royalty.

But, just as the Butterfly Effect theory suggests, Raymond’s seemingly small decision ends up having huge, nightmarish ramifications – not just for his family, but for whoever owns the building down the line.

Events that eventually materialize are of the psychological horror variety, with the foreboding and dread-inducing atmospheres making way for shocking twists and turns as each narrative barrels towards its conclusion. Such moments are elevated by the use of stop motion animation, which only add to the spookiness through the jagged and unnatural movements of its characters. Think Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox meets David Firth’s Salad Fingers – or, going back further, Ray Harryhausen’s 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts – to get a sense of The House’s visual style and tone.

That isn’t to say that Nexus Studios’ use of stop motion is outdated – far from it. Sure, the animation style isn’t widely employed in modern productions but, while Nexus uses stop motion to add some horror-based artistic flair to proceedings, the overall animation is pretty fluid. Those unaware of Nexus’ use of stop motion and puppetry may even believe the miniseries’ aesthetic was created using VFX and CGI effects – a compliment that shows how seamless some of The House’s animation is.

And it isn’t just the application of stop motion animation that’ll be a pleasing throwback for some viewers. The second and third stories, with their anthropomorphic animals, have a distinctly Sylvanian Families feel; the 1980s Epoch-created flocked figurines’ friendly aesthetic, which appears to have inspired the look for The House, juxtaposing the miniseries’ dark comedy vibe.

The House’s cast and musical elements are hat-tips to decades gone by, too. Acting icons of the 1980s and 1990s, including Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, Blackadder) and Stephanie Cole (Tenko, Doc Martin) are among the show’s stellar cast. The addition of Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter), is also fitting, given that The House is occasionally reminiscent of the works of Tim Burton, Bonham Carter’s ex-partner and collaborator.

Speaking of Burton and the aforementioned Wes Anderson, The House is pretty amusing. Yes, its comedy is of the smirk or chuckle variety, rather than entering laugh out loud territory, but its subtlety is what makes it work so well in the miniseries’ context. For a show that can be very macabre, a sprinkling of humor throughout eases the tension at necessary moments.

As for the miniseries’ score, Gustavo Santaolalla (The Last of Us Part II, Narcos) provides some haunting pieces that infuse the show with more terror. But it’s the additions of ex-Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and, more unexpectedly, Pharrell Williams’ hip-hop rock band N.E.R.D that’ll surprise audiences most. Cocker lends his voice to chapter two’s mouse protagonist, as well as co-writing and performing the end credits song, while N.E.R.D track Lapdance is also used during chapter two – the duo’s inclusion bringing an unusually nostalgic slice of 1990s and early 2000s music to proceedings.

Despite The House’s good elements, it does have a few missteps.

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For one, The House’s final moments are, if you pardon the pun – after all, the final story focuses on a character called Rosa – bewilderingly rosy. Given the two stories that preceded it, chapter three’s ending is a bit too optimistic and cheery; a finale that’s antithetical to the weirdly unpleasant endings that chapters one and two delivered.

The House also ends pretty abruptly. Sure, its three-story arc, presumably based on how its story is structured to incorporate the past, present and future, does work effectively. But, while Netflix and Nexus seemingly want viewers to interpret each tale and its themes in the manner they see fit, a little more plot exposition or proper interconnectivity between the trio of stories wouldn’t have gone amiss. An entry that bridges the gap between chapters one and two may have been enough to provide better continuity.

The House is a freakish, darkly comedic arthouse-style miniseries that’ll stay with you for some time after the credits roll. Its loosely linked narratives will draw you in with their emotionally resonant story beats and modern stop motion aesthetic, before its wicked about-turns will leave you disturbed, unnerved and even bizarrely hopeful.

There’s enough leeway in The House’s trio of tales to allow for audience interpretation concerning their chapter titles, themes and allegorical endings – so much so that you may find yourself re-watching them, or scouring the internet, to understand the deeper meaning behind them. But that’s what the best TV shows, films and miniseries do: they make their audience think, and The House certainly does that.

It’s not perfect, with The House losing its way when it substitutes the surreal for more cheery plot elements. And, as a three-parter, it feels like it ends before it truly gets going. But its quirks, gallows humor and shock value, coupled with its superb animation and anxiety-inducing disposition, largely make up for its flaws. And, amid other Netflix originals set to land in January 2022, including Ozark season 4, The House is a uniquely devised miniseries that certainly stands out among its peers.

The House launches exclusively on Netflix on Friday, January 14.

Editor’s note: This review has been amended to reflect that The House passed The Harding Test’s stringent photosensitive epilepsy (PSE) trigger evaluations. In light of this, we have removed any content that stated otherwise.

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Well, here’s a funny little curio to take your mind off everything for a bit. The House, produced by UK-based Nexus Studios and streamed by Netflix, is an adult stop-motion anthology special. Three stories of roughly half an hour each are set in the same house in different eras. The first two have a spooky twist, the third is a more straightforward if dystopian tale.

In the interests of full disclosure, I am firmly in the camp of those who find stop-motion animation quite spooky enough without adding intentional frights. The slight herky-jerky nature of the movement is a constant reminder of

the endless unseen positioning and repositioning that goes on. It speaks to my darkest terror – that we have no free will at all and are indeed just playthings to unseen gods, posing us here, there and everywhere for nothing more than their sport. We’re all just puppets, d’you see? Puppets with illusory notions of freedom and independence. Do you see yet? Do you see?

I’m sorry. Where was I? Ninety-minute, three-part stop-motion special The House.

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The first and by far the most successful of the trio is directed (using bulbous-headed felted figures that – even without my particular terrors – stand somewhere on the line between thoroughly charming and thoroughly disquieting) by Belgian auteurs Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels and set roughly around the turn of the last century. An impoverished family is persuaded to move home by architect’s emissary Mr Thomas, who is voiced by master of oddity Mark Heap (and whose presence adds a further ineffably unsettling touch for all those who recognise the reedy tones that have never once portended good). They move from their little home to a much grander, specially designed, fully furnished affair built on a nearby hilltop, where every modern convenience is supplied – lights come on automatically as it gets dark, all meals are provided. You don’t have to have recently watched the BBC’s thriller The Girl Before to get a bad feeling about this, but it helps.

Sure enough, it soon emerges that even in Edwardian-ish times there is no such thing a free breakfast, lunch or tea. The house will exact a price. The parents (voiced by Matthew Goode and Claudie Blakley) quickly become enslaved by its dark spirit (or that of its owner, whose shadowy face is occasionally superimposed over the whole – you know the drill). Their young daughter, Mabel (Mia Goth), remains unaffected, but the malevolent house transforms around her so she cannot reach her entranced parents in time to save them from the raging conflagration that finally consumes them.

There is nothing narratively innovative here, but enchanted parents, the disbelieved or unheard child and the inability to reach safety – however many corridors you run down and corners you turn – are perennially effective nightmare tropes, and to have them rendered in this way adds a novelty that refreshes them. And the design, the overall aesthetic, is wonderful.

It’s a toss-up between which of the remaining two is less rewarding. In the one directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr, the house is being renovated in the present by an embattled developer (voiced by Jarvis Cocker). We first meet him while he is trying to attract further investment and to repel an invasion of “fur beetles” (this time the characters are anthropomorphised animals – the Developer, who is given no other name, is a rat). His troubles multiply when a pair of supposed potential buyers who come to the open house event refuse to leave. They are soon joined by a host of other friends and relatives. The final scenes reveal the Developer with his spirit well and truly broken. But the story is too underbaked to deliver any real horrors or work as a fable about violation, or capitalism or any of the other themes it seems at various moments to be nodding vaguely at.

The last, directed by Paloma Baeza, finds Rosa (a cat-figure, this time voiced by Susan Wokoma) engaged in a futile battle to restore the house as the flood waters of the future inexorably rise around it.

She has tenants, played by Helena Bonham Carter and Will Sharpe, but they pay her in fish and crystals – unacceptable currencies to the plumbers and electricians she would like to employ. One by one, her tenants leave to find a safer berth elsewhere and eventually she is persuaded to leave too.

This final third is a very, very slight affair. If the content of the stories had matched the painstaking form, the anthology could have been rather a groundbreaking success. As it is, the architects need to go back to the drawing board.

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It’s no secret that Allbirds is our favorite sneaker brand. Not only does the brand make stylish activewear shoes, but they’re also eco-friendly and sustainable, which makes us feel even better about buying from the brand—especially when they’re on sale. Right now, Allbirds’ massive Black Friday sale is on, which means you can save up to 50% off sitewide.

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