Surprise! There’s a new Netflix original horror movie hitting the streaming service in just a few days, and the first trailer has landed online. From writer/director Osgood Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter), I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House stars Ruth Wilson as a young nurse hired to take care of an elderly best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home. As one might expect, the home holds many horrific secrets of its own.
This debut trailer is effectively creepy. It’s narrated by Wilson’s character with an odd rhythm while showcasing various imagery that looks to be a mix of hauntings, flashbacks, and hallucinations. And while the movie is only just now getting a trailer a few days before its release, it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, so it’s not exactly a “secret” film.
Regardless, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House marks yet another original from the streaming service that is increasingly ramping up its homegrown output. Netflix has stated its intention to eventually get to 50% original material, and dropping holiday-appropriate films at the right time seems to be the way to go. Stranger Things, the surprise hit of the summer, proved that a Netflix series doesn’t necessarily need a huge marketing campaign to build buzz. That show dropped on Netflix with barely any advanced awareness whatsoever, but subscribers found it, fell it love with it, and it exploded from there. I’ll be curious to see if that model works with I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House—the film could become a go-to over Halloween weekend with folks looking for scary movies to watch.
For now, check out the trailer below. The film also stars Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, Paula Prentiss, and Brad Milne. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House will be available on Netflix everywhere on October 28th.