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House (1986)

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> House (1986)
> House II: The Second Story (1987)
Comedy, Haunted House Film, Horror, Horror Comedy
Steve Miner Steve Miner
William Katt William Katt
George Wendt George Wendt
Richard Moll Richard Moll
Kay Lenz Kay Lenz
Mary Stavin Mary Stavin

6.1 / 10 - 20 votes

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Review by Chad
Added: May 02, 2004
Roger, a horror author, is kind of at a standstill with his writing career. He hates his fans, and his agent is bitching at him to get a new book done; however, the agent isn't too happy with the book about Vietnam that Roger is working on. After his aunt kills herself, Roger decides to move into her house to get away from it all, as he hasn't had the best of luck in the last few years. First, his son disappeared without a trace, then his wife divorced him, and now, he's being griped at about the book. Things don't get much better, however, as he soon learns that the house is quite haunted; monsters jump out of closets, shape-shifting demons run around recklessly, the usual.

Pretty entertaining movie, though it's not quite a full-out horror movie... more of a black comedy, if anything. Roger is trying to get to the bottom of the haunted things, but every time he tries something, someone will come over to bother him. First it's the nosy neighbor, then a hot little lady from across the street, then the nosy neighbor again, and so on. This leads to quite the few interesting moments, especially when the "raccoon" is discovered by the neighbor.

There's quite a few different things going on at once, which kills the flow of the movie just a bit. Roger has quite a few flashbacks of the Vietnam war that he's writing about, the monsters are out and about in the house, the mystery of his kid keeps popping up, the neighbors stop by, it's just back and forth between scenes. For the most part, it does stay entertaining, as each of these scenes are well done; however, some continuity on one thing for more than five minutes would have been nice.

Over on the effects side of things, there's not a lot to be said. The monsters look pretty nice (especially the closet monster), though they are a bit cartoony in design. There's nothing to be seen as far as gore and kills, as nobody dies, and nobody is injured, with the exception of a claw to the chest (no bloodshed). But again, this really didn't hurt the movie, as it was still quite enjoyable to watch the various happenings that kept taking place.

If you've ever seen the classic Dead Alive, imagine bumping the storyline down a few notches in quality, remove all the gore, and replace the zombies with ghosts; that's how this movie works out. And work out, it does. 7/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 10/22/2005, 12:12 AM
This movie is amazing for a lot of reasons. Fred Dekker wrote the script and he is one of the most underrated directors working today, or rather, not working today. George Wendt was fabulous as the wacky nextdoor neighbor, and I loved how Miner blended the world of the living and the fantasy world so effortlessly. 8.5/10.
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 02/17/2006, 11:27 AM
I loved this movie, so original, not like the shit that falls out of Hollywood every 4 or so months.
It blends into a horror comedy that just dosen't make you laugh. The sad and horrific aura that surrounds it turns it into one of my all time favortie ghost movies.
I really appreciated the ending. At least it didn't kill off the villian like it wasn't no shit.... i.e. "A Nightmare on Elm Street"... He couldn't just... wish this ghost away. So damn fun to watch, 8.8/10
Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg #3: Kari Byron's Sex Cyborg - added 12/20/2007, 10:24 PM
There's a little mix-up with the main character's name in the review: William Katt is the actor, Roger Cobb is the character.

I did like the monsters and laughed twice or thrice, but I just didn't find this to be that greatly enjoyable.
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