Sunday, September 11, 2016

Movie review: The Houses October Built

Filming a home-made documentary, five friends set out to find the best Halloween haunted house they can. Instead something finds them, and begins haunting them at every turn.

Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson, Bob Ballou, Tansy Alexander (Trannyotomy), Kahl Brice (Head Clown), Robert Benjamin (Clown), Chloe Crampton (Porcelain).

The Houses October Built begins with some interviews before moving to the main plot. As the five friends set out to find the best haunted houses, strange things begin to happen and it appears they may be the hunted instead. While the rest of the film tries to lay out a plot and storyline, trying is all it really does. Interviews mixed with random horror do not a movie make. Though there are a few creepy moments, redemption is not in sight.

Acting was mediocre at best, while most was a bit worse.

Camera work was awful with seemingly everything but the kitchen sink thrown in trying to keep things interesting. While variety is nice, so is stability and consistency. Sets and backgrounds, which appeared mostly natural, were nothing special. Dialogue had a few interesting moments but could have done much more. Sound was decent.

Overall unless you absolutely must see every horror film ever made, skip this one. But if you have a home-made horror fetish be sure and check this one out.

With some nudity, foul language, and some disturbing scenes, older teens and above should be appropriately bored stiff by this one.

Released: 2014
Reviewed: 8.30.16
Star rating: 1 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Thriller

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