In this gothic supernatural thriller, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as 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 three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight. While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.
Of all of the flavors of horror that exist in the world, Gothic has always been my least favorite. It hasn’t stopped me from watching Gothic horror, as there are a few prime examples of the genre, but a movie always begins with a mark against it in my brain, if it’s a Gothic horror movie. In The Lodgers, a brother and sister are stuck inside of their home due to an ancient family curse. The must follow the rules(Don’t let anyone inside the house, be in bed by midnight) or face the consequences of a haunted house.
One thing that turns me off from Gothic horror is the fact that absent of any real scares – jump or otherwise – is nothing but atmosphere. I like a good atmospheric horror movie, but I’d prefer it to be in combination with some frightful happenings, not just imagery. Thankfully The Lodgers has an interesting enough story, good enough acting, and atmosphere used efficaciously enough to make it interesting. At no point during The Lodgers did I find it difficult to follow, nor did I find myself losing interest. For me to say this about a Gothic horror movie, should be considered praise.
It’s easy for me to lose interest in a movie like this. And the movie is not without scares, both in the form of imagery, and in actual happenings. A lot of movies like this can go two hours with nothing of note happening, but thankfully that is not the case here. Epic’s Blu-ray release of the film is a great presentation, both in video and audio quality, as well as the physical presentation. With an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 2.39:1, the video quality looks excellent, but with a new release movie, its all but expected. There are several audio tracks to choose from, including an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track, and Spanish, French, German and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Extras range from TV spots, deleted scenes, and a behind the scene documentary. The Lodgers is highly recommended for fans of Gothic horror, and apprehensively recommended to everyone else. The Lodgers is now available from Epic Pictures. You may purchase a copy by clicking here to visit their website.
– [DVD/Blu-ray Exclusive] Behind the Scenes Documentary – 22:00
– Deleted Scenes:
Bathroom Cut – 1:04
Bermingham In The Shop – 1:01
– Theatrical trailer – 1:35
– TV Spot – 00:30
– Other trailers from Dread Central Presents:
Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight – 1:19
Imitation Girl – 1:54
Terrifier – 1:46
The Monster Project – 1:45