Netflix’ 2022 Stop Motion Horror Anthology, Trailer

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It doesn’t matter how old you are houses have the potential to be scary by nature, especially when you are used to get used to living there. It makes the setting such fertile ground for horror, hence excellent films like the original Conjuring of Amityville Horror, or Mike Flanagan’s Ghostly shows. Netflix’s upcoming animated horror series The House aims to explore this terror through a trio of different stories, and each one seems to be pretty scary in its own right.

In the stop-motion anthology, people will move into a single house at different time periods and find that things are quite… off. Whether it’s critters coming from every corner or giant baby things lurking in the shadows and ready to stalk them, the title house threatens to consume and drive its inhabitants mad, if not complete bodily harm. to bring. It’s been described as an “eccentric dark comedy,” which appears to be half true – perhaps hiding the laughs behind those dancing cockroaches.

Produced by UK-based Nexus Studios, the directors are all experienced stop-motion filmmakers. Belgian tag team Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels (This Magnificent Cake!) direct Chapter One, about a 19th-century family looking to restore their surnames; Chapter two, about a modern-day property developer who discovers the house has unexpected guests, comes from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr (The Burden); and Paloma Baeza’s (Poles Apart) Chapter Three closes things up with a landlady doing her best to restore the house in a future world that seems rather post-apocalyptic. The cast is quite starry, with Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew Goode, Susan Wokoma and Jarvis Cocker.

Horror and animation are good friends, but you don’t see it in stop motion every day. Depending on your animation aficionado, Paranorman may have been the last you saw to hit this particular niche nearly a decade ago. With how good Netflix’s animated output has been this year, let’s hope The House continues that series when it premieres on January 14, 2022.

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