Director(s): Michael and Peter Spierig. Cast: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook. 99 min. Rated PG-13. Horror.
'Inspired by actual events' (yeah, sure), about a hundred-year-old house located some minutes from my home. So there was a certain obligation - a 14% Tomatometer score notwithstanding. But the jump-scares kept coming at such rapidity and hilarity (there's a moving roller skate jump-scare, I kid you not), I started experiencing abdominal pains. The Spierig Brothers have proven they're not idiots, so the laughs and narrative push toward a Sixth Sense-like outcome made me suspicious: is this a horror spoof in disguise? If The Room has taught us anything, it's that laughing during a horror movie is still considered having fun.