The House on Pine Street (2015)

Score: 5.5/10

Length: 112

Rating: NR (everything seems to be NR lately… is this such a difficult task?!?) I’d guess PG-13

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, haunted house, psychological, murderer

This seems like your average everyday “pregnant lady moves into a haunted house and the devil is trying to steal her baby” situation. It’s got the older and only slightly interesting house, the title that has nothing to do with anything, and the typical douchey husband who doesn’t believe his wife. However, much to my surprise and pleasure, it doesn’t really turn out the way you might guess. The end isn’t shocking or profound or anything, more of a “well that makes sense, I’m cool with that situation” finale. Like, say, finding your missing underwear behind the dryer. There’s a touch of tension and a sprinkle of suspense, but there isn’t anything overly horrific about the film. Probably a good idea for those who like their horror movies with a little bit of milk. The main actress, Emily Goss felt familiar, though  upon investigation, I don’t think I’ve actually seen her in anything. She was very believable and her role was well-played, and although her hair was horrible, she was quite likable. Almost everything in this low-budget offer was decent. Still, there’s just nothing over-the-top entertaining about it. Interesting fact about this film- it was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

Side note: I’m noticing reviews where they say “it made no sense” or “it’s left up to your imagination”. I can’t understand how people believe this, as the movie was very clear to me and left nothing unanswered. Not sure what’s going on there.

 

photo credit: http://www.variety.com

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