James Phillips. The second one was a review for the film Zombie Undead. Give them a look when you can. For here I went with the movie House Of Fears (2007). It sounded interesting, so I thought I would give it a try.
Hailey (Sandra McCoy) is all set to go to a friend's 18th birthday party, but her dad doesn't want her to go. After convincing him that it is a real party, dad tells Hailey she can go, but only if her step-sister Samantha (Corri English) goes as well. The two don't seem to get along at all, the problem seems mostly with Hailey, and Samantha tries to get out of going. It doesn't work however and dad drops them off. While there, Hailey meets up with Carter (Corey Sevier), her sort of boyfriend. His friend Zane (Eliot Benjamin) invites them all to a fun house/haunted attraction that will be opening the next day for Halloween. Zane works there, so has decided to show it off before the boss gets back into town. Devon (Michael J. Pagan) and Candice (Alice Greczyn) invite themselves along as well. The place is supposed to play off fears (spiders, clowns and such), with each room being a different one. What they don't know is that the owner of the place has had an evil idol shipped to the place, one that will bring all their fears to life.
House Of Fears was a film that I wanted to like more than I actually did. I'm not saying it was a bad film, just kind of there. I guess what I mean is, I expected more out of than I got. Writer Steven A. Lee and director Ryan Little give us a good set up. There is a short, maybe too short into that gives us an idea of what the idol will do to people. You know, kill them. From there we meet our cast of teens. While I do get tired of watching teens in trouble, at least these guys are in their late teens. Still, the house was pretty cool. I do wish they had explored it more before things start to go bad, but what we do see made it look like a place I would have love to have gone to. Once the demon, or whatever it was supposed to be, starts to take over is when I started to lose some interest. It was mostly due to the fact that the teens fear of dying rarely had anything to do with the fears in the house. Sometimes they matched up, like one guy was afraid of clowns, one was afraid to suffocate. The last one wasn't a fear in the house, but it did use one of the rooms in an effective way to do that. There is also a scarecrow but that wasn't a fear of the house, it just happened to be there for setting. If I remember right there was nine rooms. I guess I was just expecting the demon to actually use the rooms more against the teens. Spiders may not kill a person, depending on what kind of spider, but it would distract someone long enough to get the drop on them.
There wasn't a whole lot as far as effects go. Even though there is no rating for the film, it is very light when it comes to effects. If you are looking for gore, this isn't the movie for you. The acting wasn't all that bad. It was great to see Corri English in another horror film. I remember her mostly from the After Dark film Unrest. I was a little surprised to see her become, more or less, the lead character. This happens somewhat later in the film, but I thought she did well once taking it. I also liked Corey Sevier, who was more or less the lead for a while.
House Of Fears is a fairly straight forward film. There isn't a lot of character development, but there was just enough to keep it somewhat interesting, especially when it came to Samantha. There wasn't much as far as drama goes between the characters. There was some, mostly between the two step-sisters and some with Carter as well. He has the great idea of switching dates even though his date is really into him. Like I said, I didn't find House Of Fears to be a bad movie. Some reviews were rather good, and some didn't think much of it. I can see both points. For me it was in the middle. Not great, not bad, just okay. House Of Fears can be found on Netflix's instant watch if you are interested in giving it a watch. I won't discourage any of you from trying it out, but I do feel there are better films to be watching.
3 out of 5 Good thing there were no fears of fish in there!
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