Haunted House Horror, Race, and Expropriation

Haunted house horror stories are always built on a foundation of ambiguity. 

Is the evil waiting for you in those rotten, looming walls, or is the evil a rotten, looming something you bring with you? 

Jack Torrance in The Shining may be infected by the spirits of the Overlook Hotel. 

Or the Overlook Hotel may just be a metaphor for Jack’s own monstrous spirit, twisted by alcoholism, self-pity, and misogyny. 

Jack’s evil may also be his whiteness—a possibility highlighted by His House, perhaps the best horror film of 2020. 

The feature directorial debut of Remi Weekes, His House turns the history of haunted house horror inside out, exposing slimy pipes, creatures in the walls, and a bunch of racist detritus.