Thursday, March 19, 2009

House(1986)



This is a mix of comedy and horror from the director of Friday the 13th Part 2 and 3, Warlock and Lake Placid, Steve Miner. It stars William Katt and George Wendt. There are three sequels which I will review in future posts.

Roger Cobb(Katt) is a Vietnam Vet and a writer who has just buried his eccentric aunt who died in mysterious circumstances. She has left him her house. His son has also disappeared and his marriage is over. He still loves his wife, but there is too much distance between them. He enters the house which is evil. Roger grew up there and he knows the house, but the house also knows him. The house is dangerous. There are strange things happening there. The house can manipulate your life and drive you insane....

The house has its own ghosts and there is unspeakable horror inside it. Poor Roger is sucked into the nightmares and the illusions that exist inside it. It preys on his fear and his sorrow and he begins to see things that aren't there and he begins to think that his missing son is trapped somewhere inside the house. He sees his son and he sees his dead aunt. Are they really there or is he going mad? His neighbour is Harold(Wendt) who is very nosey and Roger tries to get rid of him. He tries to write a novel about his experiences in Vietnam, but finds that the house is distracting him. Roger hears a noise from his aunt's room and when he goes to investigate it, he is attacked by some creature.

He gears himself up to catch the monster on camera but there is nothing to see. He is driven mad by the house and he tries to hold onto his sanity and he is plagued with thoughts of his son and his ex-wife. He feels as if the house is trying to kill him and destroy his soul. He fights back against the house and he tries to find his son. He is thwarted by the house, but he uses all of his strength to overcome his fears to stand against the evil in the house... This 80's horror is very good. It isn't gory or shocking, but it is entertaining. There is plenty to like about this movie and I would recommend it to anyone. It's good fun. I am going to give it an 8/10...

2 comments:

dragonmanes said...

House is a great 80s cheesefest that ranks high on my list for 80s Horror Comedies. The special effects are awesome for a shoestring budget, I love when the garden tools knock on the door! House II offers great effects but I prefer the original, still havent seen the 3rd or 4th installments yet.

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