Monday, January 23, 2012
Just Sleep well in: The House where Death Lives (1980)
starring: Patricia Pearcy, David Hayward and John Dukakis
A hired nurse comes to the aid of one elderly male who's wealth, immense, but a family, estranged. More to so when a secret is revealed concerning a "dead son", but that's the least of their problem, as a grandson soon follows and lives with them, where after, a series of murders began to happen. Due to the boy's unusual behavior, the blame goes to him; surely enough, more murders follows and it's only a matter of time before they're all murdered.
I'm sure it sounded swell as I described it, I did too once, but it isn't without a few bugs. The pacing is the most obvious flaw in this film; taking to so long before any big happens, the film had done nothing to ease the wait. The fillers proved to be uninteresting, and the dialogue, though well acted and well scripted, isn't for everyone's taste as it's too damp and stale for enjoyment.
It did try to avoid the usual tropings, that I got to say, but it took too many of it that it ended pretty boring until the ending, which was the only thing this film managed to do justice with. As for the rest of it's "horror" cliches, it's pretty bloodless, scare-less, and too talky to the point of overdoing the "intellectual" nature of the film as a Psycho-thriller. I know my shares of intellectual films (Silence of The Lambs and SE7EN, for starters), but unlike this film, they know how to make the wait worthwhile, and when the thrills starts, they know how to make it bang with delight. When it comes to murders and twists, it, however, The House pulled the right cards (at least). The murders, though tame and uninspired, did came off good at a professional level, and the ending-without giving out much- is pretty unoriginal, yet clever.
So far, I do like the overall uniqueness of the film, but it isn't enough for me to like it all the way. Pacing's one thing I always keep in mind, and this one failed to make it excusable despite the effort. Oh well, least I had a nice sleep while we're at it...
2 bodies seen dead in car collision (unrelated death)
1 dog found snared on the neck with animal trap
1 male staff blows to the head, dropped from window
1 male staff blow to the head
1male head bashed with staff
1 male bludgeoned with staff
1 male repeatedly beating on the head with staff