November 27, 2021

The Deep House, a bright future for French genre films?

Although the fight continues, it seems that The Deep House contributes in its own way to the development of French genre cinema.

2021 marks a year rich in diversity in French cinema. We retain many genre cinema proposals, including the excellent Meander by Mathieu Turi, The cloud by Just Philippot, Teddy by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma, or even The Last Voyage by Romain Quirot. We can also evoke How I became a superhero by Nino Vella, first scheduled for a theatrical release, then recovered in-extremis by Netflix, but above all, The Deep House, by the director duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury.

Great defenders of French genre cinema, directors have a give her horror movie monster. Their fight which began in 2007 with Inside continued over the years, until most recently with their last movie theatrically released in 2021: The Deep House. Despite a complete wreck and an increasingly fragile filmography, the film seems to have succeeded in convincing viewers that French genre cinema has its place in theaters. Indeed, people seem “Let the monsters in” in the French cinema. According to JP’s Box-Office, there are 29,608 admissions in France for Teddy. 44 193 for The cloud, 70 110 for Meander, 89 152 for The Last Voyage and finally: 207,125 admissions in France for The Deep House.

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What we can see is that all these directors seem to succeed in seducing the French public, because we see that the number of admissions is increasing in an increasing way. This beautiful news may possibly foresee a brighter future for genre cinema in France, in particular thanks to the real struggle of these defenders of French genre film.

We will also remember a highlight by the Academy with in particular Titanium by Julia Ducournau, who won the Palme d’Or in 2021. While Grave accumulated 149,239 admissions in France, Titanium it accounts for 286,767 (still according to JP’s Box-Office), which shows once again that this cinema seems to be taking on a certain scale in our theaters.

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As the spectators rush into the hall devour our monsters, the productions also seem to be listening to this demand. Indeed, we recall the association of the two labels Moana Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment France for the creation of a new one, Parasomnia Productions, After a call for project for a genre feature film in 2021, the label will produce and finance each project. selected for € 1 million. The projects aim to be “Deeply rooted in French culture and today’s society”, arguments which could possibly even more push the French spectator to immerse themselves in these mysterious universes.

The Deep House will be available on November 24, 2021 on Bluray and DVD.

Gaëtan Jeanson