The Deep House is a mystery horror film that takes a young couple into the watery depths of a lake. In search of locations to capture creepy footage for their online videos, Ben and Tina dive down to a sunken house only to find it has been the scene of horrific crimes in the past. Now that they are running out of oxygen and are being held captive in the house by evil beings, the couple try to keep their sanity as they desperate for a way out.
Most of the story takes place underwater, and the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped beneath the surface is one of the movie’s most pronounced and effective fear tactics. If you’re wondering where the disturbing underwater images of The Deep House were filmed, we have the story!
The deep house – filming locations
‘The Deep House’ is set almost entirely in France and was filmed in several locations in the south of France. The production also spent a lot of time filming in a studio in Belgium, where most of the underwater scenes were filmed. Describing how difficult it was to make a film underwater, one of the film’s directors, Alexandre Bustillo, said that all technical aspects needed to be revised and established processes changed. He even compared it to making a movie for the first time!
Filming began on January 27, 2020, but had to be interrupted on March 13. The COVID-19 pandemic reportedly delayed production and filming resumed on June 15 and lasted until June 26, 2020. In July, the production team then spent a few days filming in France. Now let’s take a look at the individual locations where the film was shot.
The film is set almost entirely underwater and most of the filming was done at Studios Lites, located at 81 Fabrieksstraat in the Vilvoorde municipality near Brussels. The studio is known for its first-class indoor water stage, which is 9 meters deep and is used for high-quality underwater and water surface recordings. The sunken house that Ben and Tina are trapped in was reportedly built on a large grid and could be partially submerged in the water to film scenes in certain parts of the house. The decoration used to decorate the home is said to have been built in a nearby warehouse.
According to reports, filming took place in the tank at a depth of about six meters. Since the house could only be lowered into the tank at a rate of about one meter per hour, it often took about six hours to lower the set into the water tank.
Production was then relocated to the Occitanie region of southern France, where several locations were used for both outdoor and interior shots. In particular, the shooting took place on Lake Raviège (Lac de la Raviège) near the municipality of Lacaune. As can be seen in the film, the lake is surrounded by picturesque forests and is a popular place for various activities. Incidentally, the water is man-made and takes its name from a hamlet called La Raviège, which was flooded in 1957 when a dam was built. This is particularly poignant because the lake in the film (Frais Lake) is also described as an artificially created body of water that was created by the flooding of a village.
The film was also shot at Lac des Saints-Peyres, another man-made lake located on the Arn River in the region. Finally, some additional scenes were filmed in the nearby parish of Anglès.