I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House ★★½

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It's one thing to be cleverly ambiguous, it's entirely another to be thematically incoherent; while some of the imagery in PRETTY THING is sure to elicit some strong bouts of nervous tension, the lack of anything remotely climactic retroactively renders all of the pieces null. I suppose some deeper thought can be given about "who's really who," but the trudging pace proves to be more of an endurance test than a rewarding challenge of any kind. It's too.. I dunno... all over the place? Yet at the same time, it's very stoic when reduced to its essence, which is more-or-less a set of fragmented spook stories that prods you into asking numerous questions but doesn't even bother to tease you with potential answers. It just kind of says, "Here, chew on this," and then gives you the middle finger. Some chilling camera pans and background noises keep this from being a total waste of time, but it's a tiny bit of, "ooh" in exchange for a whole lotta "meh."

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