Blumhouse Productions has set a date for its next horror offering, The deep house, a genre-defying film that delivers classic haunted horror in underwater settings while using a found shooting format. Mixture of claustrophobia and traditional jumping fears with a race-against-time scenario, The deep house is everything a horror lover desires. It’s almost as if the filmmakers decided to mix all sorts of horror subgenres to create something uniquely original that will scare pretty much everyone. It sounds too good to be true, but luckily it does The deep house.
Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, best known for helping French New Wave thrillers, Inde (2007), wrote and directed The deep house. Camille Rowe and James Jagger star. The film premiered in France earlier this summer to mostly positive reviews and was subsequently picked up by Blumhouse Productions for distribution in North America. The deep house will be released on Epix in November. Here is the official plot overview for the Blumhouse movie.
Deep beneath the surface of a seemingly calm secluded lake lies a perfectly preserved family home. When a young influencer couple sets out to explore the sunken house to capture unknown content for their social media followers, their dive becomes a nightmare, as they discover one with limited oxygen supply and time running towards them, the couple must find a way to escape the underwater house of horrors before it’s too late. “
Those not already sold in the movie can check out the trailer below.
A short and measured trailer that did not give away the whole plot – a rare offer these days, but completely welcome. The trailer opens with a couple on their way to an inaccessible lake out in the French back forests. The couple dives in to find a well-preserved house at the bottom of the lake, but ends up getting more than they had anticipated. The filmmakers were almost completely shot underwater and had to overcome several technical challenges during filming The deep house. Difficulty placing cables and antennas in water, actors could not be fully connected for safety, a custom-built house that could not be completely submerged, so as not to ruin the decor, and the pandemic proved to be obstacles during filming. But the filmmakers used many unorthodox methods to overcome the obstacles and credit their photography director, Jacques Ballard’s underwater film expertise, as a great help.
In an interview with Variety, Alexandre Bustillo said: “Shooting a movie underwater is like making a movie for the first time. All the technical aspects had to be done differently there, and it forced us to reinvent the mise en scene process and the way shots is organized. “Julien Maury added:” Each underwater sequence takes three times longer to shoot than a sequence above it – even a reverse shot takes a long time to create. ” He went on to say: “The whole process was crazy and we owe it to Jacques Ballard, who is a master of underwater movies. Ballard especially created Beyonce’s aquatic music video ‘Runnin.'” The deep house consists of only two actors, it was another challenge to choose the right ones and manage them with the face covered in diving masks. “We needed the actors to be able to let strong emotions be reflected in their eyes, which we found with Camille Rowe and James Jagger,” Maury said.
Hopefully the whole effort has been worth it. The deep house will be available for purchase on digital and streaming on Epix from November 5, 2021.