At death’s door
Hammer Films handled The Lodge the same way they did 2012’s The Woman in Black, which bored half its audience and got the rest intrigued. The Lodge is a slow-burning haunted house movie that can prove scary in the right set and setting. Watch it at night, alone, and in the dark for better results. It’s a bit of a mindfuck, too, and it’s rooted in religion.
Alicia Silverstone’s in it; don’t blink twice or you’ll miss her! Having your biggest name be part of your film for a few minutes only is a dick move, and I’ve seen this way too often this decade. It’s insulting. Should you’ve never heard of Silverstone, you’ll probably wonder why Riley Keough, the lead, looks so much like her, which got me confused for a while. She’s a good actress, though.
Jaeden Martell plays a relatable teenager, and Lia McHugh a child we tend to forget. I wasn’t impressed by that surreal arthouse look, feel, and structure, but I’m a sucker for quality and atmosphere. The Lodge is about isolation, gaslighting, suicide, and God. The camera loves the lodge, and makes everything supernatural look slick. It makes the film immersive, but it doesn’t make it great.