The Reel Review
A couple of scuba divers checking out a submerged house at the bottom of a lake in France get more than they bargained for, in this aquatic suspense/horror starring Mick Jagger’s son, James.
The Deep House has a promising premise, a cool score and a couple of chilling, creepy moments, but the waterlogged story never rises above the “only mildly interesting” mark. The biggest suspense for the viewer in the film is waiting for frights that sadly never materialize. Cool, claustrophobic atmospheric can only take a thriller so far when there isn’t a compelling story.
After about 45 minutes, the story that director Alexandre Bustillo (Inside, Among the Living) wrote with Julien Maury devolves into total tedium. Between Camille Rowe’s screaming ad nauseum into her facemask and Jagger switching to an unintentionally comical monotone delivery in the final act, you will find yourself rooting for the underwater ghosts to end this soggy mess long before the credits finally do the job. For those with the patience (or fast forward button), there is an additional scene at the end of the credits.
• James Jagger is one of Mick Jagger’s eight children and one four that Jagger had with supermodel Jerry Hall.
• French-American supermodel Camille Rowe was the face of Chloe and has appeared in French, Italian and Spanish versions of Vogue and modeled for Louis Vuitton, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Ralph Lauren.
• Due to budget constraints (and to make it more realistic), the ghosts in The Deep House are free divers – there was no CGI. The youngest ghost, played by then 11-year-old Carolina Massey, trains in Monaco with free diving world champion Pierre Frolla.