What movies are parodied by Netflix’s The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window?

Viewers Enjoy Netflix Thriller ParodyThe woman in the house in front of the woman in the window – but what movies does the hit series refer to?

Since its launch on January 29, Kristen Bell’s show has remained in the Top 10 of streamers. On Wednesday (February 2), the woman in the house it reached its fourth day at number 1.

Bell plays Anna, a painter who has become a recluse and alcoholic after a personal tragedy.

After befriending her new neighbor and his young daughter across the street, she witnesses what she believes to be a murder through her window and struggles to uncover the truth.

Although some viewers initially forgot about it, the woman in the house it is not a true thriller but a parody of the films that have recently come out of the genre. So which movies are being lampooned in Netflix’s latest hit?

The woman at the window

This is probably the most obvious reference on the list. the woman in the house shares many tropes with Netflix flop in 2021 The woman at the window. First of all, both protagonists are called Anna. The film, which was slated for critics, starred Amy Adams as a child psychologist who became agoraphobic after suffering a tragedy. Likewise, Bell’s Anna develops a debilitating case of ombrophobia (fear of rain) after the loss of her family.

In both movies, the leads are seen talking to the ghosts of their dead families.

Like in The woman at the windowBell’s Anna thinks she sees a murder in the window of the house across the street only to be told by everyone that the alleged victim is still alive.

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Emily Blunt plays Rachel in 2016’s ‘The Girl on the Train’


the girl on the train

There are numerous moments throughout the woman in the house that echo Emily Blunt’s 2016 film. While alcoholism in thrillers is certainly not unique to the girl on the train (Adams’s lead in The woman at the window he also drains wine bottles), substance abuse is a focal point of the film.

In the girl on the trainBlunt’s character becomes an increasingly unreliable narrator as she drinks vodka from a water bottle throughout the day. woman in the house drives home Anna’s drinking problem, as she has been seen drinking comically large wine glasses and keeping the corks in an overflowing bowl.

There’s also the fact that Anna is romantically attracted to the would-be killer, similar to how Blunt’s character is interested in the husband (Luke Evans) of a missing girl (Haley Bennett).

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rear window

It seems almost sacrilege to compare the woman in the house with rear windowbut the similarities are glaring, if only because the films the series lampoons are heavily inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic.

Like Hitchcock’s Jeff (James Stewart), Anna sees what she thinks is a murder in her neighbor’s apartment and becomes obsessed with solving the mystery. The many shots of Anna looking from her sofa at the windows of the house across the street are references to Anna’s style of filming. rear window.

James Stewart as Jeff in ‘Back Window’


The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Along the the woman in the house, Anna has numerous interactions with a friendly handyman who has a seemingly endless list of jobs to do on her street. The trope of the character of an innocent and portly man has been used in many films. the reference in the woman in the househowever, seems to echo the 1992 thriller. The Hand That Rocks the Cradlein which Ernie Hudson plays a gentle gardener who can see through the wholesome act of Rebecca de Mornay’s villain, Peyton Flanders.


Ironically, Imitator it’s another movie the woman in the house borrow from. Sigourney Weaver stars as a criminal profiler named Helen Hudson, who becomes agoraphobic after being attacked by a serial killer.

final analysis

Part of the woman in the houseThe fourth episode of ‘s takes place by a lighthouse, where apparent flashbacks show Neil (Tom Riley) chaperoning a field trip for his daughter’s class. There, he passionately kisses her daughter’s teacher, before she mysteriously plummets to her death. The seaside location of the scene is reminiscent of the 1992 thriller. final analysisstarring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, whose climax takes place in a lighthouse.

Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in ‘Fatal Attraction’

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Fatal Attraction

It is none other than the legend of the psychological thriller Glenn Close who closes the first season of the woman in the house. The star appears in the show’s final moments as a mystery woman boarding Anna’s plane to New York.

Close’s character tells Anna that she’s headed to town “on business,” but it’s not long before Anna discovers her new planemate dead in the plane’s bathroom. However, when Anna tries to alert the stewardess, her body appears to have disappeared. Though Close’s cameo in the series doesn’t exactly reference the actor’s classic 1987 thriller. Fatal Attraction, the mere sight of the actor brings the film to mind.

Flight plan

In the final scene of the show, we see Anna desperately trying to tell the plane crew that Glenn Close’s character is dead in the bathroom. But not only is the body missing, the flight attendant also tells Anna that no one has sat next to her the entire flight… The scene sets up an almost identical premise to the 2005 film. Flight plan, starring Jodie Foster as a mother on a plane. When she wakes up to find that her six-year-old daughter is missing, she is told that her daughter simply does not exist.

‘The woman in the house across the street from the girl in the window’ is available to watch on Netflix


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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