Netflix‘s The House is a stop-motion animated anthology created by Nexus Studious in 2022. The anthology includes “And heard within, a lie is spun,” “Then lost is truth that can’t be won,” and “Listen again and seek the sun.”

Each short film creates a house that embodies an antagonistic force against the characters. While only one short film directly evokes horror, each establishes a dark and foreboding environment. The protagonist overcomes or falls victim to these forces depending on their actions.

Third Story by Director Paloma Baeza

The House: “Listen again and seek the sun”

My favorite in the anthology, the final entry continues to haunt me with its evocative apocalyptic environment. All the shorts are unique and engaging, but that final short follows characters that a viewer quickly invests in. I will note this has the most empowering ending, though not my favorite.

First Story directed by Emma de Swaef & Marc James Roels

The House: “And heard within, a lie is spun”

The first short film, however, effectively establishes the ominous and antagonistic nature of The House while creating an enthralling stop-motion aesthetic. Both are essential for the first short film to set the tone.

Second Story by Niki Lindroth von Bahr

The House: “Then lost is truth that can’t be won”

The second short film in the anthology lacks the enthralling characters of the last or the ominous tone of the first short. While it would be wrong to say that this film lacks its own identity, it was simply not as effective as the others for me. I will say it has the darkest ending and one I enjoyed most.

Zeth M. Martinez

Final Thoughts

If you enjoy the first film of the anthology, I would safely say you will like the others. While each is unique, they carry a similar setting and ominous nature that makes them appropriately connected as an anthology. While it’s hard to claim The House as an exceptional feat of stop-motion, it is a unique collection for those interested.
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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About the Author

Zeth received his M.A in English with a focus in Creative Writing at CSU, Chico. As a human writer, he published in the 9th volume of Multicultural Echoes, served on the editorial board of Watershed Review, and is a horror reviewer for Haunted MTL. All agree he is a real-life human and not an octopus in human skin. Fascinated by horror novels and their movie adaptations, Zeth channels his bone-riddled arms in their study. Games are also a tasty treat, but he only has the two human limbs to write. If you enjoy his writing, check out his website.

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