The House of Terror (2019), by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods – Criticism

A script that begins and ends as you imagine it, and that has neither bright turns nor impressive moments.

Of those who helped John Krasinski write the terrifying A peaceful place (2018), Scott Beck and Bryan Woods want to wear the mask of success with a much bloodier terror B. They direct and write The House of Terror, an independent film with technical and narrative talent that, however, falls into the same conventions of the classic slasher.

Well over the month of Halloween, a scary movie may not be the best marketing strategy now. The House of Terror It arrives badly in Spain, but above all because it is not memorable. The only thing that attracts attention by reading the fact sheet is that it has been produced by Eli Roth, an expert in this genre so eager and sometimes vulnerable.

What interests me most about this perverse and scary game on rails is the meta-story.

You can see that love for slasher, a movie that sometimes makes me
cause laughter instead of fear, because I think there has to be a good job of
setting and staging for pilla-pilla and decisions
absurdities of the tortured do not temper you or make you take your hands to the
front instead of the eyes. This house of terror does not do it completely wrong. Yes,
There are slow turns, there are silly trips, there are those << ¿Y si nos separamos? >>, there are naughty switches and there are music boxes… but almost
you will always be caught off guard.

However, what interests me most about this whole game
perverse and scary on rails is the meta-narrative. There is a very clear reading
throughout the plot of the protagonist, a trauma of abuse and harassment that
move to those passages and those filthy hatches. I like that point of
view of the victim, the burden and the frustration of living again that
Nightmare: trapped and manipulated by people with masks.

The house has creepy scenarios. Although visually it is something worse than Escape RoomIt has very interesting plans and the key action scenes are solved quite well with the right photography. It is a poor soundtrack and an unknown cast that will make you forget this movie; a script that begins and ends as you imagine it, and that has neither bright turns nor impressive moments.


Synopsis On Halloween, six friends decide to enter a haunted house that promises to offer an extreme experience based on exploiting their deepest fears. The night will become deadly when they realize that some monsters are real.
country U.S
Direction Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
Script Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
Music Tomandandy
Photography Ryan Samul
Distribution Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Andrew Caldwell, Shazi Raja, Schuyler Helford, Phillip Johnson Richardson, Chaney Morrow, Justin Marxen, Terri Partyka, Justin Rose
Gender Terror
Duration 92 min.
Original title Haunt
Premiere 11/15/2019

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