Yes, I know. The end of this film is not what you were expecting, because you know … loose ends, unanswered questions and the feeling at the end that you lost 94 precious minutes of your life thinking about a plot that came down to nothing. But let me tell you something, there are answers, but maybe they are not exactly where you are looking.
Without further ado, let’s analyze and explain one of the most controversial releases from Netflix this year: The Open House.
1 ^ What is wrong with The Open House? Why everybody hates the film?
Logan (Dylan Minnette) has lost his father after a vehicle hit him outside a grocery store. This has left him and his mother Naomi (Piercey Dalton) in a critical economic situation. However, Naomi’s sister, Allison (Katie Walder) offers them to live in her house in the mountains, at least while everything gets better. The only downside is that the house is for sale, so every so often they will have to leave for a few hours to allow prospective buyers to see the house.
But that will be the least of their problems when inside the house, strange things begin to occur, as objects move around, doors open and close, and unexplained and strange noises can be heard at night. At the end we discover that there is someone who has been getting in and out of the house and this person first kills a friend of Naomi, Chris (Sharif Atkins) and then he does the same with Naomi and finally with Logan. Yes, the main characters of the movie are killed by the villain and just like that was not enough, the movie never reveals the true identity of the killer. Or maybe it does?
2 ^ Who are the suspects in The Open House?
Reading the comments of those who have seen the movie, most opt for four suspects: The Plumber, Martha’s husband, Ed, and finally Logan himself.
The Plumber is the favorite suspect, as first he claimed to have been in the house often before, he knows how to deal with the heater and finally he was in possession of the phone that Logan lost (although he said he just found it around the heater). Also the size of the killer fits with The Plumber’s.
Others opted for an invisible suspect: Martha’s husband. Martha is an extremely unusual neighbor, stating that her husband is dead the first time she meets Naomi, and then saying is very alive and strong the next time she sees her.
The third suspect and the least likely is Ed. Ed (Leigh Parker) is the assistant of real estate agent Joannie McCallister (Kathryn Beckwith) and although he seems clumsy and distracted, that might be just a pose. He knows the house, he has access to it and he is young and athletics. He might have been living in the house before the arrival of Logan and Naomi.
The last of the suspects is Logan. It might be likely that after seeing his father dying, Logan had developed a trauma that has left him with some mental disorder. A disorder of this nature would explain the strange things he sees, why things change places and finally why the killer (himself) took off his contact lenses so easily. Killing his mother and himself, he was avenging the death of his father, because in his twisted mind they both were guilty of what happened.
Do you think one of these four suspects is the killer? I don’t, I have another theory.
3 ^ Who is the killer in The Open House?
Three interesting facts in this movie:
1 ^ In the funeral, it is stated that the driver that killed Brian had a heart attack and then lost the control of the car.
2 ^ Logan does not remember well what really happened after his father was hit by the car.
3 ^ The killer went through a lot of trouble to kill Logan and Naomi and then fabricate the crime scene.
These three facts might actually reveal the true identity of the killer.
What if the driver had no heart attack? What if the driver was just someone driving at high speed? If you rewatch the scene, you can see the car was not moving erratically, but it went straight to Brian. The story of the heart attack would prevent the payment of any compensation to the Wallaces and also would prevent the driver to go to jail. Besides, Logan does not remember what happened after his father was hit.
Or even worst, what if the person with the heart attack was already dead? What if Brian’s death was all but accidental? What if it was intentional? I mean, if the killer of the Open House went through so much to fabricate a crime scene, is it really too hard to think the same thing happened in the parking lot?
But, why the broken memories? For the same reason some include Logan in the list of suspects: post-traumatic stress. Logan was especially fond of his father and we he saw him die, shattered by a the car, that somehow affected his ability to recall the events of that night.
Now the killer planned everything so that it seems that Logan was to blame for everything that happened in the mountain house, he managed Logan to leave his fingerprints on Chris’ car and all over his dead body. He got Logan to stab his mother accidentally and finally he got him running just to kill him away from the house. Why so much planning? Why does he specifically stole Logan’s phone and not Noami? Maybe because the only witness that night, outside the grocery store was not Naomi, it was Logan.
That person who negligently or perhaps intentionally killed Brian Wallace, Logan’s father and Naomi’s husband, that person were afraid that Logan had seen them and could reveal their identity to the authorities. And the fact that Logan and Naomi have moved to a secluded place, it would seem that perhaps they were under witness protection. Maybe Brian saw something in one of the houses he was working (he was a plumber, too) and someone just wanted him dead.
The person hired an expert, a killer, to end any possibility that the truth could be revealed. He killed Brian in the parking lot, covered it up with the heart attack story and then he went for the loose ends: Logan and Naomi. He was even expecting them before their arrival to the house.
This killer took advantage of the Open House status to analyze the place very well, including inputs and outputs hidden. He altered the room heater and organized it differently to see if someone, such as a witness protection agency, showed up. And finally he stole Logan’s phone to check if Logan had talked to someone about what happened the night of the death of his father.
The killer had enough reason to believe that his client was not in danger, except for the fact that Logan was beginning to remember what happened. Most likely the killer installed cameras and microphones in the house to ensure he had all the information available. When it was evident that Logan was starting to remember what happened after his father’s death, the killer put together the plan to destroy the latest evidence.
He killed Chris and took him to the car and left the door open and the lights on so after waking Logan up, he could approach to the vehicle, leaving his fingerprints all over the place. He tortured Naomi and put the knife on the floor so Logan could set her free (she had her fingers broken). The killer eventually took Naomi to the basement and made her scream and then he pushed her onto Logan who stabbed her accidentally.
Finally, he removed Logan’s contact lenses, and then he let him go, so he could not reach the road. Logan stopped around a stream, and the he choked him and left him for dead apparently as a consequence of being running with light clothes into the snow . So when the police arrived in the morning, they could find enough evidence that Logan killed Chris and Naomi and then he froze to death trying to flee the scene. A perfect murder.
4 ^ What is the meaning of the final scene inThe Open House?
At the end of the film we see a vehicle taking a detour to another Open House, and within the car, presumably the murderer. This is just a cover. The killer saw several open houses to avoid being considered as a suspect.
5 ^ Could there be another explanation?
Yes, indeed. The film’s ending is so open that almost everything is possible, but the movie also rules out each one of the initial suspects. The Plumber has no reason to kill the Wallaces, not with such degree of planning.
Martha’s husband does not seem to be a real option because ghosts have no need to cover up killings. Ed is ruled out because in one scene we notice that the killer came to see the house and although Logan option would be great, that does not explain why Naomi was not terrified to see him when he came to untie her
Now what if the hired killer was a local person? A former military man or something? A former military man who decided to work as a plumber to care for his sick wife? That is also possible. Too bad they not included that plot twist.
6 ^ Any other theory?
Yes, someone in the comments pointed that Naomi’s Sister asked her to spend some time in the mountain house, and then Martha reveals she already knew the Wallaces were coming. She even knew Logan’s name. What if Allison or Allison’s husband actually hired Martha’s husband – the plumber – to kill the family, to claim the payment for a life insurance or something like that? That could explain so much effort in fabricating the crime scene. What do you think that happened? What is your theory?
If the movie is good or bad, we will discuss that later, on the review of the film. Questions? Annotations? Doubts? Insults? The comments section is open just below this post. See you in another post of Ending Explained, here on El Sabanero X.