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REVIEW: Our House

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IFC Midnight once again delivers with it’s dedication to the horror genre, and their latest release, Anthony Scott-Burns’ ‘Our House‘, is another example of that dedication.

The movie tells the story of a science student, Ethan (Thomas Mann) who is using his genius to attempt to build a machine, along with his classmates and girlfriend Hannah (Nicola Peltz), that allows objects to be charged with electricity wirelessly.

Ethan puts spending quality time with his mother, father, younger brother and sister, on the backburner in lieu of his experiment’s development and even cuts a trip home from college short, so he can go test his machine at the university.

While leaving his home visit early, Ethan also skips out on his promised responsibility of taking his younger sister, Becca (Kate Moyer), to swimming lessons, leaving it to his parents instead.

Tragically, Ethan’s parents die in a car crash forcing Ethan to take over caring for his siblings, while working on his project, which he now brought home to work on.

As the family struggles to cope with the loss of their parents, the machine somehow conjures paranormal activity, that is interpreted to be their parents, at first.

As the movie progresses it becomes more obvious that the spirits communicating with Ethan, Becca, and their brother Matt (Percy Hynes White), is not their parents, and is something potentially sinister.

The movie spends a good deal of the movie building the story, which allows the viewer to develop sympathy and empathy with the main characters.

Thomas Mann does a solid job in his role as Etha, as does Moyer for her portrayal of Becca, but Nicola Peltz seemed like a zombie in playing her part, void of emotion, and putting off a mundane performance that takes away from one of the main characters of the story, and someone who is supposed to be a supportive significant other of one of the main characters.

The movie is solid, and does a good job at telling an engaging story, but the lack of scares really hold this film back from being more than ordinary.

Things kick up to another notch towards the end, but it feels that this film left a lot on the table in terms of scares, as they did a phenomenal job setting the plot up for something “big”.

Fright Nerd Score
60 frights
Summary
It's disappointing to feel that this flick had potential to be much more, but it doesn't take away from the fact that this is a solid watch and worth a rental.
Fright Nerd Score60

 

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New ‘All the Creatures Were Stirring’ Trailer Arrives

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RLJE Films has dropped a new trailer for the upcoming Christmas-themed horror flick ‘All the Creatures Were Stirring’ which is set to arrive just in time for Santa, on December 4th, 2018.

According to the synopsis:

“When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.”

 

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‘Krampus Origins’ Drops New Trailer Highlighting Backstory

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The Christmas Beast is making his return, and a new trailer for ‘Krampus Origins’ sheds a light on the backstory of Krampus.

According to the synopsis:

“The first World War rages on when a group of American soldiers find a mysterious artifact that can summon the ancient evil of the Krampus.  After the men are killed in action, the artifact is sent to the commanding officers widow who is a teacher at a small-town orphanage.  The orphans accidentally summon the Krampus and the teacher, and her pupils are forced to battle this ancient evil.”

Krampus Origins arrives on November 6th, courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.

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New Suspiria Clip Shows Susie’s Impressive Dancing

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A new clip has arrived for Luca Guadagnino’s highly-anticipated Suspiria remake, and in the clip Susie (Dakota Johnson) impresses her artistic director (Tilda Swinton).

You can see the new clip here.

Per the synopsis:

“A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.”

Suspiria arrives on November 2nd.

 

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