Just in time for the Halloween season is coming There is someone in your house, a new TV-MA teen horror film with a twist on the classic masked killer trope.
This original Netflix slasher film based on the novel was created by Atomic Monster Productions (Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, Lights Out) and 21 entertainment towers (Stranger Things, Shadow and Bone, Free Guy).
There is someone in your house gives a new cast of believable teenage victims. Sydney Park stars as Makani Young, a transfer student with a mysterious past who leads her friends in their attempt to survive a serial killer. This slasher movie manages to create a purchasable story with a realistic script, instead of the newsworthy Hollywood versions with 30-year-old teens playing unconvincingly teenagers.
Spoiler warning: Here’s a recap of what happens in the movie and the ending explained!
What happens in There is someone inside your house?
Makani and his friends from Osborne High School are no ordinary heroes. It’s a tight-knit group of semi-socially excluded who are content to live in their own bubble: Darby, Rodrigo, Alex and Zach. There is someone in your house provides a platform for marginalized people to take charge of their own destiny while creating a space to speak out about oppression and discrimination in their small town in Nebraska.
Makani’s group isn’t really heartbroken when the killer’s first victim, Jackson, is found dead in his own home. A video is circulating across town of Jackson brutally hazing another soccer player, Caleb. How do you mourn someone when you find out they’ve done something terrible?
After a second murder, this time Katie, president of the white supremacist student council, the police department decides to question all the high school students. Makani’s ex-boyfriend, Ollie, is creepy enough to fit the description of a lone serial killer, but seems too obvious to a suspect. Although Makani has ignored him from the start of school, he is still a source of comfort to her.
Zach (the son of an abusive political candidate who runs the town’s corn industry) decides to throw a “secret” party to effectively reveal personal secrets and take away the killer’s weapon. Her friends don’t know, Makani was the victim of an assault that resulted in her pushing a girl into a bonfire.
Unfortunately, the party turns into a bloodbath when the killer launches another attack, this time against Rodrigo, revealing he’s addicted to painkillers. He is brutally killed in front of Zach’s house, one of the murder weapons being a taser. Rodrigo’s murder hits the main characters hard and the school is closed until October. Alex takes Rodrigo’s death the hardest and is convinced that Ollie is the culprit, but he is untouchable as he is the police assistant’s younger brother.
Later, Ollie takes Makani on a trip to an “ocean” of cornfields, hoping to build a real relationship instead of sneaking around. He reveals he knows about Makani’s tragic past, adding to the anxiety of finding a taser in Ollie’s glove box. Makani panics and is escorted by the ever-present Uber driver, Dave, to his empty house.
Things get worse when Makani wakes up in the middle of the night with his safety precautions disabled. Makani manages to escape the murder when Alex arrives at her house just in time to save her … but her secret has already been revealed. Makani believes her attacker is Ollie, who is arrested.
While recovering in the hospital, Makani tells her friends about being harassed by the elderly while on the varsity swim team. She pushed one of her teammates into a bonfire, leaving him with permanent scars. Although Makani was acquitted of the charges and transferred to Nebraska, the memories still haunt her. Makani’s friends accept her past as her past and the group comes together because of it.
Ollie is released from custody by his brother and goes straight to Makani, who is the only one at school waiting for her friends. As she runs away, she finds Caleb, but he is stabbed by the killer, who puts the bloody knife in Makani’s hands. Ollie then shows up and saves Caleb, revealing himself as a red herring.
Nearby, the town holds its annual corn festival, the killer’s next target. Makani, Ollie, Darby, and Alex rush to the festival to try and save Zach, arriving to see that the entire cornfield has been set on fire. They go straight through the corn maze to try to create an escape path for the people inside.
Makani and Ollie venture further into the corn maze to search for Zach. They find the killer just in time to see him kill Zach’s father… but who is the killer? None other than the friend they were looking for.
In an intense but dark-witted climax, Zach stabs Ollie and explains how laborious the killing process was. He begins a rant about how he denied who he was: why should he feel bad about growing up with privileges? Everyone in society wears a mask, just like those they make of their victims.
Zach’s goal is to show people who they really are. Now he plans to blame all the murders on Makani: Jackson, Katie, Rodrigo, Ollie and his father. In a frightening twist, Makani manages to kill Zach first, stabbing him twice.
Some time later, life returned to normal. Makani and Ollie pose for the prom photos, Alex, Darby, and Caleb prepare for college, and Makani decides to call the former teammate she burned. Makani gives a heartfelt graduation speech, concluding the film with his own poetry.
Why is Zach the murderer in There’s Someone Inside Your House?
Zach Sandford is just as hypocritical as the society he despises. He appears to be a close friend of Makani, Alex, Rodrigo, and Darby, but truly feels like an outcast everywhere. He lives in the shadow of his father, a greedy politician whose power is despised throughout the city.
Even if his friends accept it, Zach cannot ignore the privilege he has, which sets him apart from others. He is ashamed to be born into a family that burns the world in exchange for wealth, encouraged by the harassment he receives from his classmates for being a Sandford.
Zach turns his anger outward instead of dealing with his emotions constructively. His ideology turns into a feeling of loathing for society that forced him to feel this. Instead of trying to redefine himself like Makani did, Zach blames everyone around him for his own flaws.
His goal of revealing secrets was premised on the desire to prove that humanity was inherently evil. Zach fell head first into a hole he dug for himself. He felt that the company wanted him to be ashamed of his privileges, so he attempted to destroy the company instead of confronting his own emotions.
There is someone in your house is basically a commentary on the toxic view that a late capitalist society pervades people. You can do a comparison of Zach to Sung-woo in Squid game, who have both been manipulated by a competitive system to view people as enemies who support an imperfect society.
Zach couldn’t bear the corrosive effects of his father’s work and decided to walk towards evil instead of working against it to create a better world.
What does Makani’s poem mean in There’s Someone Inside Your House?
Makani’s writing is interspersed throughout the film. The film ends with one of her longest poems, which she recites on graduation from Osborne High School:
I said, my youth is gone. Like a fire extinguished by rain. It will never sway again and sing or play in the wind. I said, it was not a great sorrow that extinguished my youth in me, but only small sorrows that beat incessantly. I thought my youth was gone, but you all came back like a flame at the call of the wind. He jumped up and burned, threw down his ash mantle and dressed like new. Has given itself as a secret once again whispered to all of you.
Makani refers to his personal history as well as the nature of humanity as a force for good. After her traumatic experience, she couldn’t help but see the evil in society. She believed her innocence had been destroyed and her youth lost. Although Makani tried to make a new life for herself in Nebraska, she couldn’t face her past.
The support of his friends and family is what gave Makani hope. Even though she had been through such heartbreak, the people she trusted kept her afloat. In fact, telling her secret created an even closer connection.
In his poem, Makani hopes to convey that there is still good in the world if you seek it. If you are willing to trust others with your insecurities and secrets, you can become a better version of yourself.
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