The film is a fascinating exploration of reality, perception, and self-fulfilling prophecy. I love movies that deal with those weighty philosophical topics. Marionette has a fantastic story and plot, but the climax feels inconsistent and unclear with the film’s events.
The Night House, directed by David Bruckner, written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, played at Fantasia International Film Festival and stars Rebecca Hall as Beth, dealing with the loss of her husband, Owen (Evan Jonigkeit). The film does a fantastic job of using the environment as a threatening, insidious presence via optics. Rebecca Hall plays the grief-stricken widow well, and the atmosphere leaves audiences senses dialed to eleven. The tension builds through unnerving sound effects with arresting yet chilling optics and a heroine we sympathize and cheer on. The only issue I had as a horror fan is it wasn’t scary enough.