In this trailer they showed a clip of I Walked With A Zombie. It may seem dated now, but it’s a really good classic horror film. One of Val Lewton’s best.
It was also released on video under the titles Deadly Games and Game Over, which is how it's listed on Letterboxd and IMDb, respectively.
Someone over on Reddit pointed out the obvious implications of the title “The Sauna Test”: creatures from the Upside Down can’t abide heat, so if you were trying to figure out who in a group of people has secretly been taken over by the Mind Flayer, you’d insist that they all sit in a sauna and see who flips out.
Wouldn't the catchier English title have been Dial S For Santa?
The ones that remained inhabited were likewise spooky, because it suggests a once-wealthy family that now has no means to live anywhere other than in the decaying estate. And those people are going to be a weird combination of reclusive, entitled and desperate.
Dutch colonial, specifically. I’ll never have a house with eyeballs like that.
Haunted old plantation homes (some but not all of them Victorian) I guess is a subset of this? I am partial to the old mansion from the Thriller episode “Pigeons from Hell”
Any sort of architecture where the house looks like it has a face works.
“And here is where Hank dropped the nacho dip onto the white carpet during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. If you listen closely, you can still hear his wife’s scream.”
Yeah, it’s kinda hard to imagine a mid-century modern split level being quite as spooky.