Although No End House might seem to be a straightforward story, there are some things that are a bit mysterious. So let’s discuss the main themes and some weird unexplained events.
Inside the No End House
Margot, her best friend Jules and friend J.D. go to visit the elusive No End House. A House that appears out of nowhere every time at a different place where it can be visited as a haunted house attraction. It has six rooms that scare or amaze you, but nobody has made it that far. Nobody knows who built it, where it comes from and what it is all about. Through social media it is announced where the House will pop up next.
And now it’s nearby their own town at the end of a street. They are directed to this elusive House by a new made friend Seth and the four of them are excited to experience this strange House. Behind them in line is a man Dylan who is a bit nervous. He is one of the small group of persons who together may enter the House and goes inside along with Margot and her friends.
The House has strange rooms, each one unexplainably connected to the people inside. Several busts their spitting images are displayed. They burst open and show a black version of themselves. Their dark side if you will, or maybe something else all together. And when they each have to go separately into a room, it even gets even stranger and creepier, for Margot is shown on a big screen her dad. The next room even looks exactly like her living room with her monstrous father sitting in front of the tv. He is watching their own home made videos from when she was young, the both of them having fun together.
A house in dreams is often referred to as your Self. The house is you, with its rooms that hide several aspects of yourself. When you dream you are processing that what you struggle with. Your fears, anxieties, feelings of guilt, grief, and frightening things, come to life in a nightmare. You might say that No End House is an unending house of the mind of those who enter it. Representing everything that’s on your mind, symbolizing and depicting it in the most surreal strange ways, just like in a dream. Taking everything that is inside you out leaving only an empty shell/bust where all the memories are taken out, which was already shown to them in the first room.
The Sixth room
The House seems to know everything about them, maybe extracted by the strange man in a suit with a scary mask on in the empty pool. It knows, more specifically, all about their own emotions. Maybe that’s why some people don’t make it to the sixth room, they have been judged and found wanting. The House had no use for them. Instead of the people might have been too afraid to go any further, or maybe both.
The story starts with Margot who still grieves about the death of her father whom she found dead in front of the tv. Although they think he accidentally took an overdoses medication, Margot thinks it’s her fault. She was out that night and home too late. If she only were home earlier then maybe, certainly, for a fact she could have, would have prevented his death.
The House seems to know about that one event in her life that changed her forever. And now it uses it for its own advantage. When Margot runs outside distressed, she finds Jules already outside and together they go home. Only to find her father alive and well in the kitchen.
That can only mean they have reached the sixth room. Although it looks like her own home, and her father certainly looks like him, acts like him and even has his memories, Jules doesn’t trust him. But it does give Margot a chance to make amends, to find forgiveness, or better yet, make a new life with her father.
Margot and her father
Of course Jules was right. He isn’t Margot’s father and he needs something from her. He is in fact a physical manifestation of the House, like many other familiar people to those who are trapped inside the House. They are a part of the House, to seduce people giving it what it needs. In order to exist, in order to let the House exist the manifestations need to feed off memories and now it uses her fake Father. Memories are our once realities that are kept alive. So Father eats the memories out of her brain, making her forget painful things. These memories manifest themselves physically so he can eat it for real.
Due to Margot’s painful feelings, she feels relieved, but without memories she ceases to exist, becoming an empty shell. She knows she can’t stay, but although it will kill her if she does she can’t let him go. But the same goes for Father. The more memories he takes from her, the more he seems to become her Father and he doesn’t want her to leave for he is beginning to love like a father and he needs her to exist. That’s why he takes her back every time to a simple place where an apple symbolizes their relationship and he takes just the apple to eat to survive.
Memories and grief
When confronted with loss, what’s left is only memories. Memories we are shown in the beginning of the story. Memories Margot is shown on a big screen. They are a big part of the overall theme. When taken away, that memory of that person and therefore that person ceases to exist. But this time, taking away her memories, realizes her father in a psychical way, becoming more and more her actual father. When she finally finds out that his death wasn’t her fault, she finally can move on, and escape the House. He killed himself, making it look like an accident, because they were financially bankrupt and the life insurance would save them. He sacrificed himself to save Margot and her mother.
Love and sacrifice
When Margot stayed behind, when Jules found the way out of the sixth room, she came back for Margot to save her. Just like Dylan did. In a previous visit to the House he lost his wife Lacey to the House. She was fully consumed by it and a mere shell was left of her.
Seth is the villain, the antagonist of the story. He is about taking, of self preservation, about luring people to the House so he can live there, without being consumed, but as a King of a small world. He locked his family, the psychical manifestations in a cage so they couldn’t hurt him. Abandoned he became without friends, love and people who would sacrifice themselves for him, making him the exact opposite of what the story is all about.
What about Jules’ strange white orb?
But the sixth room isn’t all about Margot. J.D. has to fight his own demons too, his own bad side, and he sadly looses. Jules is a fighter, more than anyone. While Margot lets herself drown in her grief, literally and surrealistically in the pool, Jules fights and struggles to overcome her problems.
We find her at some time in a strange white orb. She claws her way out of it, like being reborn into the world. It is never explained what this orb should be or what it represents, but she calls it her psychical tumor. It could represent her own feelings of shortcomings and guilt towards Margot when she wasn’t there for her when she needed her the most. She was too afraid and couldn’t handle it, which is perfectly normal. But they never talked about it. Now Jules has to go back for Margot after she got out of the House, this time she has to be there for her.
Both Margot and Jules seek for redemption and the House, or better said, they themselves make this possible, breaking through emotional barriers, finding their way back home to a new life that in time will get better and where memories can be a part of forgiveness. They have escaped their own personalized house of fears and demons created by themselves. They sought forgiveness from others and more importantly they had to forgive themselves.