Kevin Bacon in ‘You Should Have Left’: Film Review
In a good haunted-house thriller, architecture is destiny.
Early on in “You Should Have Left,” when Theo (Kevin Bacon), a wealthy retired banker with a tabloid scandal in his past, shows up with his movie-actress wife, Susanna (Amanda Seyfried), and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex), at the vacation home they’ve rented for a getaway in the Welsh countryside, you know in your bones that you’re watching a variation on “The Shining.”The creepy originality of the home design is part of it.
Just as the fantastic, gargantuan, ski-lodge-gone-Native-American set for the Overlook Hotel was such a major dimension of Stanley Kubrick’s film, here we’re sucked in by the eccentric contours of a place that looks, from the outside, like a gray designer modernist Bauhaus Monopoly house.
Inside, it’s a vast airy network of light gray brick and Scandinavian wood, with flickers of pastel, and
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