Before premiering her directorial debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the impressive black-and-white drama Passing, Rebecca Hall led a horror feature at last year’s festival that will now finally be arriving this summer. The Night House, directed by David Bruckner (who helmed The Ritual and contributed to V/H/S and Southbound) follows Hall’s character who is reeling from the unexpected death of her husband and retreats to their lakeside home, but all is not as it seems. Ahead of a July release, Searchlight has now released the first trailer and poster.

Matt Cipolla said in his Sundance review, “It’s about 20 minutes into The Night House that it finds its footing. The school year has just ended and Beth (Rebecca Hall), a high school English teacher, goes back to work to input a few more assignments. When a soccer mom type (Samantha Buck) comes in to contest her son’s grades, Beth isn’t having it, to say the least. She stares her down with a trace of empathy that manages to undercut her dead eyes and Hall, ever the solid actor, pinpoints and explores the sarcastic humor latent to the script. When mom continues to press her, Beth flatly explains that her husband, Owen (Evan Jonigkeit), has just shot himself. If this woman wants her son to get a B, he can get a B. It really doesn’t matter.”

Watch the trailer below.

The Night House opens on July 16, 2021.

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