5 films with a deadly surprise in the house


Do you feel safe at home contented isolating in your cocoon, or are you like so many, working remotely in what you mistakenly perceive is the comfort of your own home? Don’t take solace in either of these scenarios! Every mysterious creak or thud or distant shuffle could be something (or someone) hidden close by.

Here are five films I recommend to help keep your senses sharp and your mood pleasantly paranoid: from snakes in the walls (Venom 1981), landlords in the vents (Crawlspace 1986), monsters in the cellar (The House by the Cemetery 1981), hideouts in the bunker (Parasite 2019) and freaks in the castle dungeon (Castle Freak 1995) — these five films cover all of the common types of threats to watch out for in your abode.

Let us know your own favourite cinematic basement dwellers as we nervously await Friday the 13th.

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#1 Venom

Venom 1981 / Director: Piers Haggard

#2 The House by the Cemetery

The House by the Cemetery 1981 / Director: Lucio Fulci

#3 Crawlspace

Crawlspace 1986 / Director: David Schmoeller

#4 Castle Freak

Castle Freak 1995 / Director: Stuart Gordon

#5 Parasite

Parasite 2019 / Director: Bong Joon-ho

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Featured image: Parasite 2019 / Director: Bong Joon-ho