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Saturday, March 24, 2012

House (1986)

I really wanted to like House.  It begins with a good cast including William Katt [Greatest American Hero, Carrie], George Wendt [Cheers], and Richard Moll [Night Court] and "that actress we swear we saw on on every 1980's TV show but don't know her name" Kay Lenz [Prisoners of the Lost Universe and almost every TV show in the 80's].  It also has director Steve Miner [Halloween: H20, Friday the 13th, Part 2] at the helm who has a long list of directing credits attached to his name, so of which are really good films.
Unfortunately, House gets bogged down by slow pacing, marginal acting and groan worthy special effects.  The ghosts and ghouls in House are on par with Killer Klowns From Outerspace (1988), i.e. lots of poorly constructed latex rubber and bad puppeteering.  It's almost painful to watch since 1980's effects gurus had wonderful stuff to work with that produced thrilling results in films such as An American Werewolf in London and Hellraiser.  
I just could not get into this film.  I love haunted house movies but this one constantly left me saying "So what?" and "Who cares?"  In conclusion, House is not a bad movie.  It's just not that interesting.  Everything in this film has been done before and done better.  Ho-hum.

For those who care, House spawned a sequel in 1987.  It's even worse than the original and does not warrant a separate review.  I could not even finish watching the poor, wretched thing.  Enough said.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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