House

Year: 1986

Synopsis: Author Roger Cobb survived war, and now deals with an evil house that finally found a means to destroy him.

Pros:
• William Katt as the troubled author succeeded in portraying a man on the edge of sanity, in ways both comedic and horrifying. The character was affected by PTSD, and the house was well aware.
• George Wendt strongly represented the self-awareness of the film, pulling the audience into the madness further through that self-aware humor.
• If only just, was a rare example of comedy and horror living harmoniously.
• The practical effects were well implemented, especially the monsters portrayed.
• The mystery of the house’s evil — how it patiently worked to learn the weaknesses of its occupants, created a strong underlying dread.

Cons:
• The collection of genres portrayed always threatened to rip the film apart.
• The lack of strong explanation for the events might have frustrated some viewers.
• The ending was a bit sappy.

Discussion:
This was a film built for those looking for both campy horror and distinct intelligence. The whole film was a long game of poker with several decks. It was all real, even if some of it was in some nightmare world. Our laughs and screams were fueled by the same madness. We never fully understood, but we were on the edge of our seats all the same. Cobb beat the house by learning what his fears were and where they came from. Though, such evil certainly never dies …


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Rotten Tomatoes — 62%

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