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The upcoming thriller I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is taking a different approach to the genre than audiences might expecte, according to its stars.
Starring Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban, and Paula Prentiss, the film follows a hospice nurse who moves into a farmhouse to care for an elderly horror author. “Sort of a Shirley Jackson type,” says writer and director Oz Perkins in a recent video interview with EW. The thriller marks the Perkins’ second time in the director’s chair, working from his own script, with last year’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter taking on a similar suspenseful story revolving around two girls in an abandoned boarding school.
For Pretty Thing, Wilson plays nurse Lily, who is a woman equally trapped and entranced by the eerie house. “When I read it I felt haunted by it,” said Wilson. “It’s a really slow build, so it’s odd and quirky and unusual.”
What seems like the beginnings for a horror film centered on ghosts in an old house is quickly flipped as the additional cast of characters is introduced. “It’s not what you would think,” said Balaban. “It’s not a thriller or slasher horror film.” Those who aren’t accustomed to the spooky genres can still enjoy the film, as Balaban teases “it’s a movie for people who are interested in really cool movies.”
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House debuts Friday on Netflix.
Watch the full interview above.