Thursday, October 29, 2015

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT

The Houses October Built Movie Review 

Five people rent an RV and set out to find the most terrifying haunted house attractions in the United States--think Halloween Horror Nights. After determining the first couple they go to are not scary enough, they are told of The Blue Skeleton, located in New Orleans, that is supposed to be the scariest of them all. This found footage film is, if nothing else, a unique idea coming out of the box, and it actually starts out with a lot of promise. Being a fan of such attractions I thought it was interesting to see a film about them, and there actually are several scary images and moments as the story mounts.

She was terrifying

Unfortunately, as is the case with almost all found footage films, it's the acting and characters that bring it down--honestly, how hard is it to create likable, or even intelligent, characters? Instead, we get the run of the mill stereotypical characters who say absolutely nothing interesting and offer no reason to care about them between scare scenes. On a side note, when will directors and writers understand that a character repeatedly screaming profanities does not create a tense, scary moment?! If you can manage to get past this you are presented with many moments that are so dark you can't tell what's happening (great potential for scares, but alas, ruined by horrible character reaction), camera work that will make you wish you had a trashcan next to you, and characters making decisions that will remind of you the insurance commercial you see play around this time every year. All this said, believe it or not, it's not all bad. The interviews the crew does with some of the attraction workers is interesting. Many of the "monsters" you see in the houses are frightening (if you have a fear of clowns you should avoid this one)--I believe the porcelain doll girl pictured above has the potential to be a classic cult horror character. If you make it to the end you will wonder how a group of people could be so stupid, yet you will be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next (you'll probably be disappointed). When I first saw Netflix had this film months ago I decided to hold off until October to watch it, and I'm glad I did that, but to me this was a film with a fantastic premise, some truly creepy moments, but one that never quite delivers (it should have never been made a found footage flick).

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 5

The Houses October Built Movie Trailer

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