The Inhabitants is a 2015 American horror film produced by Glenn Cooper (Lascaux Media), and written and directed by Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen (John Carpenter’s The Ward; Dark Feed). It stars Elise Couture Stone and Michael Reed.
Principal photography was filmed in 2013 on location inside one of the oldest houses in New England and home to the Salem Witch Trial children. The Noyes-Parris House (c. 1669) was owned by the infamous Rev. Samuel Parris from The Crucible. His daughter Betty Parris and niece Abigail Williams made the initial accusations leading to the tragic witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts.
A young couple get more than they bargained for when they purchase and renovate an old bed and breakfast in New England. A series of troubling events leads the husband to suspect something terrible is hiding within the walls of this old house, and whatever it is has set its sights on his wife…
“It has a great plot that really keeps you guessing, a slow escalation of unnerving events, creepy shock moments that’ll make you jump, lots of references to other films that horror fans will definitely appreciate, and some interesting commentary on America’s gendered, violent history of witchcraft—a history that’s seeped, unexamined, into our contemporary horror film.” Dawn, Horror Homeroom
“There are some effective directorial touches which make mundane objects abruptly disconcerting, and a handful of cleverly framed shots which will probably bypass most viewers altogether. The Inhabitants never quite succeeds in fully exploiting the potential of its central idea, but it’s an interesting addition to the genre nonetheless, and a great lesson in what it’s possible to achieve with a single atmospheric location and a committed cast.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
“Had this film been tightened and hacked to a short film length, perhaps the filmmakers could have gotten away with their glaring un-originality – tightly focused on some of their good elements (lovely location and competent actors) into a product which wouldn’t try an audience’s patience, or leave them wondering about what other things lie ahead for their evening.” Michael Klug, Best Horror Movies
“It’s laudable for the filmmakers to employ some old-fashioned, slow burning suspense and subtlety in favor of the shock-and-awe gore that has become horror’s flavour du jour. However, The Inhabitants would have been well-served by a few more fast-paced twists, along with some heavy dialogue trimming, in the lumbering lead-up toward the gnashing and soul-devouring of its protagonists.” Kyle Mullin, Under the Radar