Tuesday, November 8, 2011

House (1986)

Director: Steve Miner

Starring: William Katt, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Kay Lenz, Mary Stavin, Michael Ensign

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Ding dong, you're dead.

Plot: Roger Cobb is a author who has just separated from his wife. He moves into a new house and tries to work on a novel based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Strange things start happening around him; little things at first, but as they become more frequent, Cobb becomes aware that the house resents his presence.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah. Twice in 25 years is fine.
#187 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 2 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Man, it's been nearly 25 years since I saw this and I still feel the same about it. It's a good horror/comedy (with an emphasis on the funny) from a lot of the same team that brought us the first FRIDAY THE 13th (1980). The performances are what make the picture work, especially Wendt - he's hilarious. You can get a glimpse of that in the trailer. Probably the only thing I didn't like is the score by Harry Manfredini (who did great work on FRIDAY THE 13th). It's a synth score that feels more at home the FRIDAY films but it doesn't work in this type of picture. HOUSE is a movie that cried out for a good, fun orchestral score like Jerry Goldsmith or Elmer Bernstein could've delivered. Other than that, it's a fun time.

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