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Directed by Directed by Robby Henson
Written by Written by Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti
Starring Starring Michael Madsen, Reynaldo Rosales, Julie Ann Emery, Bill Moseley
Produced by Produced by Joe Goodman, Bobby Neutz, Ralph Winter
For those of you not already in the know, a little background before we kick off this round of coverage—Frank Peretti is one of a very, VERY few novelists in a field called “Christian horror”. You wouldn’t think that such a thing would exist, but it’s possible and Peretti’s living proof. All you have to do to engage in Christian horror, apparently, is have demons running around like any ordinary horror flick, but you have to engage them with snippets from the Bible and whatnot.
And in House, four folks with horrible secrets are going to find themselves trapped in a house from beyond hell itself. The secrets this house hides are almost as bad as the secrets the people in the house are hiding, but there’s one difference. The house comes under siege by the malevolent Tin Man, who insists that: a. he has killed God, b. he will kill everyone in “his house” the way he killed God, and c. if the occupants of the house are willing to hand up a corpse by sunrise, he’ll temporarily ignore part B and let everyone go free. Naturally, the denizens of the house don’t like this idea much, and set out to find a way out before the sunrise deadline. Even more naturally, it’s not that easy.
House is actually a pretty fair thriller in its own right, because it features a whole bunch of graphically messed up individuals running around a house and inflicting their duelling psychoses on each other. Meanwhile, the house is doing everything in its not inconsiderable power to stack the deck against the denizens like no tomorrow, and it’s doing a pretty bang-up job, in all honesty.
The ending, meanwhile, proves to be just a smidgen predictable but still pretty good.
The special features include audio options, English and Spanish subtitles, and trailers for Bella, and The Spirit.
All in all, House will do a pretty good job as a thriller by itself, and be an incredible landmark for serving as one of a vanishingly small number of Christian horror pieces in existence.
Steve Anderson is a film critic who collects action figures so he can dress them up as his favorite horror villains. He lives somewhere in the United States.
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