The haunted house is one of the oldest settings in the horror playbook, and for good reason. It’s a familiar place. It’s a confined area. It’s a place where you’d be at the complete mercy of whatever’s after you, were you trapped inside it. And so it continues to make for an effective scare factory, no matter how many times it’s used.
One thing we see far less of in horror is the use of animation, but that’s starting to change. Adult Swim produced two seasons of The Shivering Truth not too long ago, and now Netflix is providing their take with The House, a three-part stop-motion anthology story premiering next month.
The House consists of three different stories in three different centuries, and all three revolving around the unfortunate tenants of the titular house. The first chapter takes place in the nineteenth century, the second happens in the present day, and the third occurs in a post-apocalyptic future. One thing we don’t quite understand just yet is that each chapter follows not just a different family but a different species — the 19th century folks are human, the present-day tenant is a mouse, and the future family are all cats. And the house seems to be the same size for each of them!
The House is a British series, produced by Nexus Studios in the UK and directed by some experienced European stop-motion artists. Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels handled Chapter One, Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr created Chapter Two, and Paloma Baeza was behind Chapter Three (the cat one).
Apparently The House won’t be all frights — Netflix describes the series as a “dark comedy” so perhaps there are some jokey moments that aren’t part of the trailer. It sure looks hardcore spooky to us. The series will premiere on Netflix January 14.