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.
Directed by Robby Henson
Written by Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti
Starring Michael Madsen, Reynaldo Rosales, Julie Ann Emery, Bill
Produced by Joe Goodman, Bobby Neutz, Ralph Winter
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