Synopsis – Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…
My Take – I am huge sucker for found footage films! Usually most of the films in the genre end up looking the same, luckily this is not the case of this film. Even the title’s actually great and the idea is quite fresh compared to the mediocre set of films we have seen this year.
There is one thing I would hold against this movie is that possibly the director and writer could have concentrated a bit more on the camera work to make this good movie great. Essentially the acting of the central characters was plain average & fail to inspire any empathy. Found footage style is here to stay it & the format kind of adds to the suspense & creepiness of this film. However they tend to have a predictable format, just like this film does! The climactic section are usually a letdown, & fails on the promise raised by scattered creepy earlier moments & pushed upon by the undeserved hectic jerky-cam panic and a lot of running around.
Nevertheless The House October Built has one of the most original premises of this genre, but the unwise ending may play a spoil sport in long run. Fans who are into Horror & found footage should give this a watch, while other can skip it..
Directed – Bobby Roe
Rated – R
Run Time – 91 minutes