(R) ★★☆☆☆

Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is a true-crime author in need of a hit, and he doesn’t tell his family that he’s moved them into a house that was the scene of a mass murder. He finds old home movies of that murder and many others, and, even though he’s shocked at the images of drownings, throat-slittings and the pale satanic figure that turns up in reflections, he doesn’t recoil and flee the house where his boy has night terrors, his daughter does strange drawings on the wall and his wife (Juliet Rylance) wonders what’s going on. The movie telegraphs its cheap scares, and doesn’t quite succeed.

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