The Beach House / Jeffrey A. Brown

  • Country and year: USA 2019
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 88 min
  • Director and writer: Jeffrey A. Brown
  • Producer(s): Andrew Corkin, Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
  • Cinematographer: Owen Levelle
  • Music: Roly Porter
  • Cast: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Jake Weber, Maryann Nagel, Michael Brumfield
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Finnish
  • Format: DCP

“With echoes of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space and Stephen King’s The Mist, it’s pretty easy to pick out the influences on Jeffrey A. Brown’s stellar debut The Beach House, but it’s also a film that stands on its own two injured feet. Boasting sweaty, shaky camerawork and a firm grasp on tone, Brown’s grisly indie horror flick is yet another piece of work that feels unexpectedly suited to our times. Critics may wrestle with whether or not to reflect the state of the world in 2020 in their analysis, but art doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and there’s something almost morbidly funny about a movie in which the lives of two young people are upended by something vicious and violent in the air. —

And Brown finds something in the emptiness of the world around this beach house that feels ominous long before things get Lovecraftian. Something is just off. It’s that sense you get on an empty beach that you’re alone and the world is much bigger and stranger than anyone knows. The Beach House leans into that feeling of human insignificance in the larger picture of the evolutionary cycle.” – Brian Tallerico /


“A slow-burning, rather thoughtful venture into Lovecraftian apocalypse – with a layering of eco-doom, body horror gloopiness, and understated character stuff”
– Kim Newman / The Kim Newman Website

“A deeply disquieting, supremely confident first feature”
– Scott Macaulay / Filmmaker Magazine

“Hits cosmic horror elements out of the park, anchored by strong direction and a great central performance by Liana Liberato.”
– Jeff Ewing / Forbes

“Effectively queasy mood, generally strong performances, and a resourceful assembly in which Roly Porter’s soundscape-type score sets an appropriate tone of science-friction.”
– Dennis Harvey / Variety

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