Jeffrey A. Brown’s The Beach House is a daring debut that proves you don’t need a big budget to make a captivating cosmic horror film. In an effort to save their tenuous relationship, Randall (Noah Le Gros) takes his girlfriend Emily (Liana Liberato) to his family’s isolated beach house—only to find that the house has been occupied by an older couple who knew Randall’s estranged father. Tensions rise as they navigate their interpersonal relationships, but they quickly discover there is something much more sinister bubbling under the surface—and time is running out before it spreads. The tension of The Beach House is amplified by a jarring score from Roly Porter and a truly electric editing style that pulls you into the narrative. Liberato is a commanding heroine, combating both the horrors of contagion and her gaslighting, emotionally absent boyfriend. Much of the film’s runtime may be slow building, but once it hits its crescendo it’s hard to not let it completely wash over you.