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Do Not Go Into Netflix’s The House Alone

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Do Not Go Into Netflix’s The House Alone

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Published on December 17, 2021

Screenshot: Netflix
Screenshot: Netflix

Can someone else please watch this trailer? Please, I feel like I’ve cursed myself by watching it alone. Why do the people’s faces look like potatoes? Why do the mice and cats appear to be the same size as the humans? WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE GIANT FACE?

The House looks beautiful, but it is also creeping me out.

Presumably that is the point, though. The House is an stop-motion anthology in three parts, each directed by a “leading voice in independent stop motion animation,” according to Netflix: Emma de Swaef & Marc Roels, Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Paloma Baeza. Each part appears to tell a different story, each with its own characters and in its own time period, set in the same seemingly lovely house.

The animation and design are elegant and stunning. The people are anxious. The cats are renovating. I’m honestly not sure what’s going on with the mice, but one of them is extremely unnerving. Netflix describes the series as “an eccentric dark comedy about a house and the three surreal tales of the individuals who made it their home,” which feels a bit mild, but also relatively accurate. The voice cast includes Matthew Goode (A Discovery of Witches), Miranda Richardson (Good Omens), JARVIS COCKER??? (sorry, just lost my train of thought upon learning the frontman for Pulp is here too), Helena Bonham Carter (as was inevitable, with this premise), and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones).

The House premieres on Netflix on January 14th. I will be watching with the lights very much on.


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Molly Templeton has been a bookseller, an alt-weekly editor, and assistant managing editor of Tor.com, among other things. She now lives and writes in Oregon, and spends as much time as possible in the woods. You can also find her on Twitter @mollytempleton
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