Review: The Lodgers

DVD: The Lodgers (2017)

It’s 1920 and twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) live in their decaying family mansion in Ireland.

They live a strange existence enforced by 3 rules:

  • They must be in bed by midnight.
  • They may not permit an outsider past the property threshold.
  • If one of them attempts to escape, the life of the other is put at risk.

These rules begin to break down when Rachel meets returning war veteran Sean (Eugene Simon) and her temptation to leave is pushed to its limit.

The Lodgers is a beautiful film to look at. Fantastic landscapes and set dressing really draw you in to the gothic atmosphere that prevails throughout its running time. Though even at a relatively short 92 minutes, the narrative does tend to drag for the final act.

The visual effects are sparse yet haunting (pun not intended!) as spirits appear above water and the minds of Rachel and Edward are tortured by visions of what is keeping them from escaping.

Leaving you with as many questions at the closing credits as you had when the film began, The Lodgers is definitely an acquired taste that may not be for everyone, but the solid acting, creepy visual effects, and wonderful cinematography makes it worth watching if you’re in the mood for a slow paced gothic tale.

The Lodgers is released on 25th June 2018 and you can buy it by clicking HERE. ALL money raised by purchasing from Amazon via our website is given back to our listeners and followers in upcoming competition prizes. The more people buy, the bigger our prizes.

Review by Dave (host of 60 Minutes With) from a disc kindly supplied by Thunderbird Releasing.