Score: 3.5/10 because I’m feeling generous
Rating: Unrated (I’d guess 18A)
Categories: 2000s, recent, Painful Movie Mondays, ghost, haunted house, murderer
I know I haven’t given a lot of positive reviews lately and this is partly due to the fact that holiday horrors outside of Black Christmas just aren’t that good. I was super excited to see this one- it had positive reviews and was on many people’s best of the year list. To that I say, WHY GOD WHY. I dont know how on Earth the critics at Rotten Tomatoes gave this 95%. It is NOT good. Now, the feel of the movie is fantastic. It centres around an older, likable couple, and it’s very 70s. However, it’s just another movie about an evil house, and the ghosts are CGI bullcrap. If you know of Ti West movies, this reminds me of one of his- promising, but a let-down. It’s about a couple who moves into a house with a sordid past. Every thirty years, a family must be sacrificed to the house or the whole town suffers. The previous family are a bunch of ashy ghosts, assumedly burned to death, that kill people… by burning them to death. The ghost of the couple’s dead son also talks to them randomly even though he is said to not be a part of the house’s evil spirits several times. The whole thing doesn’t make a lot of sense, and in my opinion it is just stuuuuupid. Not amused.
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