His House (2020)
Remi Weekes' first full length, it's good, I couldn't help but think of Djin which is only similar in that it addresses war based trauma through the insertion of local folklore. I think it's effective, it was horrible to read about the probationary treatment of refugees in the UK.
I've heard some white men talk about horror's power to provide the space to reflect on trauma, or face trauma, this has never been the angle I think that has kept me searching for enjoyable genre movies. I watched a YouTube monologue abt courage the cowardly dog where she kept referring to her 'curiousity'. I think this is where I approach horror from, it's not so much to mask the real 'thing' i am avoiding facing. I think i'm genuinely interested in being scared, or being repulsed, what my relationship to those experiences are, what triggers them, and how far I can push myself, i think it's less of a mask and more to amplify the actual 'affect' being produced. More often than not the images that manifest themselves out of fear/guilt are much larger/harder to face than the reality. Reality if often simpler, but usually it can be frustrating to try and explain why that reality remains bothersome. It's only when it is molded into something so horrific that it can be pointed to as containing the full power required to so dramatically effect a characters behaviour.
Wrting this reminds me of the Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh. There is a moment in that book where he describes editors reluctance to have natural disasters serve as major plot points, saying that they are deus ex machinas, that they are too random to serve a meaningful purpose to the reader. I think simillarly when horror is executed successfuly it is about capturing the natural consequense that a random world has on people:
Pain, sorrow, uncertainty, and what better way to mythologize that than a witch living in your walls.