The Beach House, 2019 – ★★★★

It’s astonishing how quickly your world can change; how the world we knew can be gone seemingly overnight. It’s that existential dread that was layered into everything HP Lovecraft wrote, and it seems to be one of the most difficult things for films to capture. That very existential dread is permeating the world at the moment, as we struggle blindly through a plague. While derivative of many that has come before it (The Mist, Bodysnatchers, The Colour out of Space) The Beach House still manages to carve a strong space out for itself through impressive (and simple) visual and creature effects, great lighting, and not feeding us too much information. The real MVP though is the fabulous performance by Liana Liberato as the brilliantly capable Emily, who keeps moving forward despite every curveball thrown at her.

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