Appellate Judge Mac McEntire thinks this movie suffers from a severe lack of sword-swinging alternate dimension-hopping electricians.
What are you afraid of?
Some incredibly good-looking 20-somethings spend the night in a dark, gloomy house with a mysterious past. Yeah, this'll go well.
Facts of the Case
Samantha (Aleece Jones, Sick Girl), a reclusive horror author, moves into an antique castle-like house out in the middle of nowhere to work on her next frightening masterpiece. Nine months later, no one has heard from her, so her brother, his friends, and coincidentally her ex-husband all stop by for a visit. Not only do they find Samantha apparently out of her mind, but an unseen force has everyone trapped inside the house.
One by one, everyone's greatest fears come to life over the course of the evening, all while Samantha sits back and watches eerily. Has an ancient supernatural curse come into play, or is there an even greater evil lurking in these walls?
Fear House surprised me. That's both a good and bad thing in this case. It's good because there were quite a few clever bits I wasn't expecting. It's bad because I had to sit through a lot of tedium in order to get to those clever bits.
When I wanted to escape Fear House:
When Fear House rocked the house:
Even though this is a low-budget movie with a lot of dark scenes, the DVD's picture quality is good, as is the sound, a vital element in any ghostly tale. The best of the extras is a commentary with writer/director Michael R. Morris (Last Seen at Angkor) and two of the actors, with a lot of fun anecdotes about the zero-budget "guerrilla filmmaking" production. The rehearsal footage is interesting, if for no other reason than to see the actors in their "street clothes" (they're still all unbelievably good-looking, though). Rounding out the package are the usual goofy outtakes and the theatrical trailer. The animated menus reveal some huge spoilers, so tread carefully before watching the movie.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Although Fear House only partially worked for me as a horror film, Morris, his actors, and his crew deserve nothing but praise for getting the movie made. I always admire these indie filmmakers who work with almost no money or resources, but who still pull off a complete work by the time it's all over. The entertainment world needs more folks like this, and fewer "let's remake some old crap for a quick buck" types.
If haunted house movies are totally your thing, then you'll definitely want to give Fear House a try. For anyone else, it'll probably make for an amusing, but forgettable, rental.
We've got a hung jury. As in, the jurors were so overwhelmed by their own
fears that they all just hung themselves. So Fear House is free to go, I
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• Director and Actor Commentary
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