The Lodge (2020) Non-Spoiler Review
Given the title of the film, one can assume it is only going to be a supernatural horror film. However, this one is more of a psychological thriller that mirrors Hereditary and Midsommar. The film takes place in the cold and dreary winter which makes it a little more tense and creates a haunting atmosphere.
Riley Keough did exceptionally well in the lead as the new stepmother, coming to terms with her haunted past and trying to begin a new life with her fiance and his two children. The majority of the film takes place at an isolated cabin that has a completely sinister vibe to it.
She finds herself and her fiance’s children snowed in for the Holidays while he is away and that’s where creepy events of the film begin to unfold.
What I liked about this movie was that it explores the fragmented mind of someone who went through an unbelievably sad and traumatic event and the effects of still being haunted by it.
Also starring Richard Armitage as the children’s father and Alicia Silverstone as the children’s birth mother. The two children in the film did excellent as well. We have seen the boy played by Jaeden Martell recently in the new IT movies and then the young girl is played by Lia McHugh.
The Lodge offers quite a bit of terrifying surprises throughout.
Intelligently directed and unsettling at times.
Definitely a movie to go into blind and one of the better films of this year so far.