The lion's share of the praise should go to Day, making her feature debut in spectacular fashion with a riveting and challenging performance that asks her to express a lot without saying anything at all. Add to that some physically demanding elements, and you have the makings of a future British scream queen should she so choose. Though the intensity ratchets up considerably in the final act, this is one film that feels a little slow off-the-mark for the most part.
Hyett's debut also fields out one particularly peculiar logical fallacy in its final few moments, before concluding with an expected - but faintly amusing - final stinger before the credits roll. Grim and composed with the painterly patience one would expect of a make-up artist, but also plodding and at times a bit nonsensical, The Seasoning House neither astounds nor dismays. One feels there's more to come from a special effects artist whose credits include The Woman in Black and The Descent.