Movie Review: ‘The Deep House’ Is The Haunted House Movie We Didn’t Know We Needed

January 29, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

In The Deep House, A young couple, out to gain followers on social media, explore abandoned and long-forgotten places. On a mission to make it to 1,000,000 followers head out to find the location of a man-made lake where many homes lay drowned under its surface. After finding a guide, they hit the jackpot, discovering a large home intact many meters underwater. From the moment they enter the once beautiful home, things seem off, but when they make a disturbing discovery in the home’s basement, everything turns into a nightmare.


When I first heard about The Deep House, I’ll be honest, I had my doubts. Billed as “a haunted house movie underwater,” I assumed the movie would not be anything more than a disappointment. I now regret jumping to that conclusion. I will admit when I am wrong. After watching it, I can tell you that it is the haunted house movie that I didn’t know we needed.


The moment the lead actors, Camile Rowe and James Jagger, hit the water we are transported to a foreign world. The deeper they go, the cloudier the water gets, and the more alien it feels. Once inside the house, things quickly feel claustrophobic and downright creepy. Seeing the possesions of long-dead people laying right where they left them triggers an uneasy feeling. And when the couple gets to the door of the basement it gets disturbing fast.


I have no idea what exactly it took to set the stage for The Deep House, but I imagine it was incredibly difficult since it’s actually underwater. For the cast to just be able to play their parts blows my mind. I have such respect for directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury for taking the chance of undertaking such a huge production. It’s a good thing it all worked out so fantastically. And the twist, damn, it was clever. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it for you.


Not only do we get the horror and tension in the film, but we also get character development and characters that we can cheer for thanks to Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s performance and the way the story is told.


I watch so many horror movies and these days it’s rare for me to really get into a movie, but I was totally invested in The Deep House, so much so that during its entire run time, I didn’t even pick up my phone once. I know, it’s shocking. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire movie, getting lost in it.


I think by now you should know where I stand on The Deep House, but I will remind you. It’s a brilliantly dark and disturbing movie that should be seen by every horror fan. You can now find it on Prime Video, On Demand, and on Digital, from Paramount Pictures.


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