‘The Lodge,’ from the makers of something like the horror cult classic ‘Goodnight Mommy,’ is a disturbing and deeply unsettling thriller. The premise of the film appears to be easy at first, despite the fact that it is rather frightening. However, as it progresses, it captivates you at first, then startles you, and finally leaves you with a heavy load of feelings that linger long after it’s ended. The film’s tortuous plot can be perplexing to viewers, and the ambiguous finale leaves you with various allegories. So, look further down in this post, we’ll go through all of the film’s important storey points and explain how they build up to the conclusion.
The Lodge Plot Summary
The Lodge Released on 25 January 2019. After Laura, Aidan’s and Mia’s mother, commits murder, Richard, Laura’s ex-husband, tries to persuade them to spend some time with Grace, the woman he wants to marry. Aidan recalls learning about Grace in another one of his father’s books and refers to her as a psychopath at this point. Aidan and Mia later sneak into their father’s study and discover an old film of Grace, revealing that she had a difficult upbringing. When she was a child, she was the sole representative of a suicide cult, but she has since healed. However, as the plot of the film unfolds, Grace’s past trauma resurfaces and she dives headfirst into the diving board.
Aidan and Mia develop a plan to seek vengeance from their pretty shortly stepmother after their father abandons them in an isolated cabin, believing Grace is to blame for their mother’s suicide. But, because they’re children who are oblivious to the implications of their acts, they have no idea what it could all lead to. The two kids dupe her into believing they’re all dead and in purgatory with the sole purpose of amusing her. They have no idea that they are psychologically manipulating her, instilling in her buried sentiments of depression, remorse, dread, paranoia, and helplessness.
The kids initially locked yourselves off in respective rooms, utterly isolating her. Grace has no one else to talk to because they are imprisoned at the Lodge. Grace’s feeling of emotional fulfilment is satiated when Aidan and Mia first start talking to her since she is emotionally susceptible, because that is how she gradually relinquishes control to the children by accepting them. Aidan uses trickery to resurrect her old cult recollections and persuade her that they’re all dead at this point.
He first pretends to hang himself before placing an old recorder in the attic of the house, which continues to chime the words of Grace’s cult leader to ensure that she falls for his scheme. In some kind of a nutshell, the kids unwittingly reintroduce her to her previous cult, which no longer exists, by taking her through a process of isolation, love-bombing, reliance, and finally deception.
Ending Of The Lodge
As little more than a viewer, you start praying for a happy ending after going through the film’s horrific storyline. Whenever Richard returns to the Lodge, optimism is restored, albeit after only a few minutes. Grace spent almost the entire night practising self-flagellation, indicating that her former cult has resurfaced in her mind. When Richard arrives on time, she takes a loaded revolver and almost kills the kids.
Despite his efforts to stop her, she refuses to stop and shoots him. After that, the youngsters try to flee, but she is able to capture them in time. Grace, Adian, Mia, and the deceased Richard could be seen sitting at the Lodge’s dining table in the dying moments.
Members sing “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as a group and try to atone for their misdeeds. Grace then gets three pieces of duct tape with the word “SIN” inscribed on them and places one on her own mouth, two on Aidan’s mouth, and one on Mia’s mouth. This alludes to the video at the beginning of the film, in which little Grace wears a similar tape across her mouth during her cult’s rituals. The film cuts to a close-up of the gun on the table, implying that they’ll most likely kill themselves at this point, and the titles begin to roll.
This film’s unexpected conclusion shows the two youngsters’ sorrow over what they committed to Grace and also references to the old adage, “Before you begin on a voyage of vengeance, dig two grave.” Apart from that, its acts as a purgatory of metaphor. If you’ve observed, the film primarily emphasises the term “purgatory” and only discusses how to enter paradise after repenting of one’s sins. There isn’t a single mention of hell in the entire book. It blurs the borders between good and evil throughout its runtime and helps you empathise with all of its characters.
As nothing more than a viewer, you say a little prayer for a happy ending after going through the film’s horrific storyline. When Richard returns to the Lodge, optimism is restored, albeit after only a few moments. Grace spent almost the entire night practising self-flagellation, indicating that her former cult has resurfaced in her mind. When Richard arrives on time, she takes a loaded revolver and almost kills the kids.
The Importance of A Dollhouse
All throughout film, Mia’s bedroom is used to show frightening images of a massive dollhouse. Aidan and Mia can even be seen playing with toys at this house near the beginning of the film, just before they go for their mountain retreat with Grace. Grace’s deteriorating sense of reality causes her to become highly paranoid, and after failing to locate her medicine, she realises she may be a danger to the children. So she chooses to brave the bitter cold and walk out of the lodge in search of a neighbouring village.
Her fails, unfortunately, and this tears her even more. She also discovers her dog frozen to death outdoors later, and when one recalls properly, she informs Mia that her dog assisted her go through with her toxic background in the film’s opening moments. She ultimately dips her toes into the dark side after her dog’s death and sits outside during the frigid cold for hours. The kids then tell her that it was all a joke because they’re not genuinely dead. This is when the dollhouse is given another brief view, and its importance in the narrative becomes evident.