Better than static...
This scary film is high on suspense, minimalist even during key scenes, and exploits EVP; electronic voice phenomena, both for its marketing pitch and as a well-documented myth perfect for a movie to depict, given the obvious pitfalls are avoided. As with most pictures featuring actors with legendary portfolios, an underlying tragic romantic thriller essence is used as backdrop for the intrigue.
Michael Keaton’s performance is flawless. He gets an honorable mention for the abundance of monologue he provides. His support cast is a great match and includes other familiar faces. White Noise uses the stitched tropes of popular haunted house movies and adapts them to a phenomenon that’s on every real-life self-proclaimed demon hunter’s checklist but that's rare in past horror cinema history.
The set design is sumptuous, but the architecture is so divergent, while bringing nothing to the plot, that the simplest dialogue setup leads to distraction. Perhaps White Noise’s biggest problem, when it comes to charming the horror fan, is that by wanting to please all it pleases no one. It avoids gore at all cost and has a hook that it uses to justify conservative, safe and cheap jump scares.