His House is that rare thing: a horror movie that takes a well-worn trope and does something original with it. In this case, it’s the trope of the haunted house, updated for our modern age and transposed from a gothic manor in the countryside to a rundown terrace in a sink estate.
Like the best horror films, the source of the horror isn’t the setting, but the characters. Whilst watching His House, I was reminded of some of my favourite character-driven horror films such as Don’t Look Now and The Omen.
His House follows Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) and Bol Majur (Sope Dirisu), two refugees who fled to the UK to escape a violent conflict in an unnamed Sub-Saharan African country. They have been held in an immigration detention centre and have just been offered the chance to live in a house and integrate with British society.