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An incredibly prevalent trope in horror movies made within the last decade, New House, New Problems sees a new family move into a new home, whereupon strange happenings will begin to reveal themselves.


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  • The Conjuring has the family start being haunted by a demonic witch after moving into their new house.
  • Recurring trope in the Amityville series, either by a family moving into a Haunted House, or by receiving a cursed item that brings problems to their new home.
  • Home Sweet Home (2005) is a horror film where a new couple moved into a high-rise apartment in uptown Hong Kong, only to discover an urban legend about a mysterious "monster" lurking in it's basements. Said monster then abducts the couple's only son, and all hell breaks loose.
  • Ju-on and its American remake The Grudge: woe betide anyone who moves into the cursed house shown in this film series.
  • Walsh family in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge has just moved into the house on 1428 Elm Street when Freddy starts making his comeback.
  • The Deetzes move into a Haunted House in Beetlejuice. However, the lackluster haunting job done by Adam and Barbara Maitland does nothing to scare them away.
  • A non-supernatural example in Panic Room. Meg and Sarah move into a big house in New York, and get trapped in the titular panic room by thieves the first night. The ending shows them looking for another house.
  • In Sinister, a crime writer moves into the house where a grisly murder took place. You'll never guess what happens.
  • In Full Circle, Julia just wants to escape her overbearing husband and the memories of her daughter's death by moving into a new house alone. Naturally, the house has a deep dark past and is apparently haunted.
  • Amanda moves in a house together with her mother and stepfather in House Of Orphans, only to discover later that the house was once an orphanage where children were tortured to death in the Torture Cellar. Already on the first day she gets attacked by a Creepy Child, later joined by a witch.


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  • In Hello Neighbor, the protagonist moves to a new house and gets suspicious of his neighbor's locked-up Creepy Basement. The plot of the game is them attempting to open the basement door and find out what's down there.
  • The Sardinis in Haunting Starring Polterguy go through no less than four houses. All of them are haunted.

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  • Parodied in Something Awful's Doom House. Or possibly played straight, if it's possible to think of anything used there without being parodied. It's just a one-person "family", though. The house turns out to be haunted by a strange doll and built over a terrorist burial camp.
    "My name is Reginald P. Linux, and ever since my wife died, I've been very depressed. This is why I've been searching for the house of my dreams. But as a philosopher once said, be careful what you dream for, because you just. Might. Get it."