The House Next Door
When strange things start happening after a new family moves in next door, Dr. Krish helps out by introducing them to his friend Dr. Prasad (Suresh), a psychiatrist. Jenny’s revelations to the doctor first make him think that a fake exorcism would be helpful, so he contacts the local pastor (Prakash Belawadi). However, when the day arrives, everyone realizes that Jenny is possessed. A psychic is then summoned and all hell breaks loose.
The movie opens with an ancient Chinese mother and daughter. They seem to spend happy moments with each other with the mother being pregnant. The movie then moves to the present where a happy couple Krish and Lakshmi make love, bringing in their memories of the times they met and how their love blossomed. They suddenly notice that a new family has moved into the next house. Krish is a doctor who uses electrodes inserted into the brain to bring sensation to numb fingers. He is close to another doctor, Dr.Prasad, who is a psychiatrist.
The movie actually starts in the year 1934 and shows the very beautiful scenery and landscapes of North India. There, we have a small Chinese family who appears to be happy and it is assumed that the mother is very much pregnant. We then move onto another time, supposedly to 2016 where a happy couple, Krish and Lakshmi are making love. It is then that they take notice of a new family moving into the house next door. Krish, by the way, is a neurosurgeon who specializes in brain stimulation that helps cure Parkinson’s disease. He and another doctor, Dr. Prasad, and who is a psychiatrist are very close friends.
Both families seem to be getting along well, and it’s obvious that the new families oldest daughter, Jenny has a major crush on Krish. Everyone is having a good time when suddenly during a dinner party, Krish witnesses Jenny jumping into the nearby well. Yelling out he runs to the well and saves her. Their happiness doesn’t last long, however, and it’s not very long after, that Jenny starts having frequent unexplained encounters with what seems to be spirits. Then we have the mysterious piano that for some odd reason begins playing on its own, the banging on Jenny’s door in the middle of the night, creepy and disturbing whispering, and not to mention the shadows abound… all enough to make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the middle of The Twilight Zone.
At some point, it is understood that the Chinese woman at the beginning was carrying a baby boy and that her husband was a huge believer in Solar Eclipse myths and superstitions. One of the myths was believed to be, that if you wanted to have a male be born unto your wife, you must kill (sacrifice) a female child as the trade-off. We now realize that upon a failed attempt to sacrifice a female child, with his wife letting her go, he now decides to kill his own daughter. Seeing the horrific behavior from her husband, she kills herself along with the boy baby inside her womb. The man, guilty for his part commits suicide by jumping into the well in the backyard.
The first half of the movie makes the audience feel that Jenni was cursed by the bad evil, but in the end revealing the whole story of a horrendous tragedy that happened in 1934. It was understood that Jenni was cursed by the good-evil of that poor mother who killed herself because of her husband’s corrupt behavior. I have to say, the possessed girl truly steals the show, and I should also mention that the final climax is something you did see not coming. Completely unforeseen, and powerful!
Title: The House Next Door
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Runtime: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama
Studio: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Starring: Milind RauPrakash Belawadi, Khushi Hajare, Andrea Jeremiah, Siddharth
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Milind Rau
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 2.8 /5
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