Sometimes fun in the sun goes deadly wrong. That could actually be the theme of the actual summer of 2020, but it’s also the set-up for the new Lovecraftian horror The Beach House. Following a couple who journey to a family beach house for a little quality time, the film sees their vacay interrupted by some unexpected visitors, and worse, a strange environmental phenomenon that unleashes a contagious infection on their quiet retreat.
Understandable if you’re not in the mood for a viral horror movie at the moment, but I have it on good authority that this isn’t a straight-up pandemic nightmare movie, but a more genre-fuelled Lovecraftian terror full of gooey nightmares. The directorial debut from Jeffrey A. Brown opened the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival last year, where it earned some good early buzz. Since then, it was picked up by the good folks at Shudder (who have been doing some killer curation with their streaming debuts) and arrives on the service July 9, 2020. Check out the trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Beach House:
Escaping to his family’s beach house to reconnect, Emily and Randall find their off-season trip interrupted by Mitch and Jane Turner, an older couple acquainted with Randall’s estranged father. Unexpected bonds form as the couples let loose and enjoy the isolation, but it all takes an ominous turn as increasingly strange environmental phenomena begin to warp their peaceful evening. As the effects of an infection become evident, Emily struggles to make sense of the contagion before it’s too late.