You wouldn’t credit that the director of Insidious, James Wan, kicked off the Saw franchise but his latest film goes back to traditional haunted house horror and for a film derivative of so many other films that have gone before, it is strangely satisfying home visit.
Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) move into a new home with their children, Dalton, Foster and baby daughter Cali. Josh, a teacher, is busy at work whilst Renai is left to unpack furniture and establish a home life and re-establish herself as a composer/singer-songwriter. The house exhibits creaks and groans and the odd scary face in panes of glass but when Dalton falls off a ladder in the creepy attic, bad stuff begins to happen. Despite initially seeming fine, Dalton falls into a coma-like state that lasts for three-months. After being brought home the haunting increases with a variety of ghostly characters invading rooms, setting off alarms and using technology against the couple. The experiences begin to drive a bewildered and terrified Josh and Renai apart as she believes the house is haunted whilst he remains sceptical and buries himself in work but he gives in to her request to move house and so they move into a new single storey house but the haunting continues and Renai is at breaking point when her mother in law Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) suggests bringing in a psychic named Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). Elise reveals that Dalton is the source of the haunting.