More Halloween anthologies are available than ever before, with creative individuals influencing each plot toward truly horrific notions. These episodes also incorporate some frightening realism and horror-satire comedy, as well as the genuine tenants of great horror films that go on to generate cult followings. Season 1 of The House adds a level of complication and richness to the concept of an old haunted house like this.
What if a house bought and occupied by unsuspecting homeowners and even criminals was built from an evil-spirited tree’s wood? What if it had a hunger and demanded regular sacrifices from these individuals? This is “the house’s” fundamental backstory, with each episode delivering a Halloween tale that uncovers the horrible events, histories, and significant people in this house’s life.
It’s a fascinating idea to anthologize and seemingly enrich one single object’s presence and effects, as done with “the house,” creating amusing stand-alone storylines that also develop into one thing when put together. At various instances, “the home” was a “unexplained phenomenon,” a break-in target, a “tree of wisdom,” and seeds on a hostile foreign world.
There is also an alleged interconnectedness to be revealed toward the season’s end, weaving the tales and tying a knot that satisfies. Only one episode, the first, seems to stand by itself up to this point. It’s the story of a projectionist with mystical powers he willingly wields over unsuspecting moviegoers in danger of becoming part of their own horror film. When the connections are revealed, they come silently but leave a lasting impression.