• Whitney Hayes

The Lodgers

"A family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel and Edwards to their home, in punishment for their ancestors' sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight."

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1 Pumpkin Rating

Rated R for some violence, sexuality, and nudity.

I'll keep this one short. I would usually try to avoid spoilers but the dang wiki description and the trailer and the Netflix description pretty much give away the entire film! There's no depth here folks! It's literally just about two centuries worth of incest and it doesn't get any more interesting than that.

Honestly, I hate to be mean with reviews and I always try to find something good. So here is the only good thing I can say. The element of a family curse, the spooky lullaby in itself (which has been stuck in my head all day) and the idea of the ghosts of their ancestors being permanent residents or "LODGERS" are three ingredients of what could have been a good story and a potentially epic horror film. But everything else lacked, unfortunately. Which sucks because I was watching it literally spending every second waiting for the film to get better and it never did.

It was slow to start and never picked up the pace. It attempted to introduce various characters and subplots, but never finished anything or went anywhere with them. Then things ended abruptly, almost as if they forgot they had to wrap everything up. And even then things were left unexplained. They never went into how the curse actually started or that background of it all. The female protagonist went from one desire/wish to the next whim and then back to the original and cost two lives (which pissed me off) and even that wasn't explained properly. Also, to top it all off, no part of the dang film was scary. None of it. I seriously cannot remember feeling scared. There were so many opportunities here, even for little jump scares. I was creeped out by the whole incest thing, but who isn't? And the lullaby is a straight choon #soznotsoz but I'm fully waiting for the trap remix here #notscaryatall

The only thing that genuinely terrified me was the LACK OF AMBITION HERE. Ugh. So much time and potential wasted, I hate that. So... yeah, I will still recommend watching this film (like I do with most films) especially if you're bored and curious, because you may feel differently than I did (hopefully), but don't blame me if you end up feeling as apathetic as I do right now after an hour and a bit of my life was completely wasted. I warned you!

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