Real estate agent Joe (Lloyd Kaufman) invites us to a special house he
tries to sell and tells us five stories about it ... all of which end less
than happily ...
- Never Let Go: Sarah (Catharina Widell) is pregnant when she
notices her eight-year-old Leah (Alyssa Hunter) starts to behave
weirdly. Basically she starts to play with Abigail (Katelyn Hunter),
her twin sister ... who had to die at childbirth in order to save her.
But soon Sarah starts to see Abigail too, and a harmless (if macabre
and slightly worrying) imaginary friend becomse something much more
- Be Careful What You Wish for: When Anna (Kerry Finlayson)
finds her husband (Gian Keys) in bed with another woman (Jordana
Johns), she almost unwillingly turns to a psychic (Lisa Goodman) to
help her with her problems and inner turmoil - but there's more than
one meaning for "help" ...
- Hot Stuff: Andy (Kaden Graves) thinks he's seriously hot
stuff - and because of that, he's become incredibly picky when it
comes to women - until he takes home the wrong girl (Helen Soraya),
who shows him being "too hot" might be fatal ...
- Lifelike: When she was little, Helen (Kylie Rogers aged 8,
Savanna Gann aged 12, Lauren Lakis aged 16) got a doll, and being
neglected by her mom (Elain Rinehart) who only brought home lover
after lover, and not being popular in school, the doll soon became her
only friend and role model even - not long now until things get out of
hands then ...
- The Leapling: Ella (Abbey Anderson) reads her brother Ben
(Zachary Haven) a scary story he's a bit too young for, and it freaks
him out. Now everybody tries to convince him it's not real - but hey,
maybe it is ...
Framed by very humourous introductions by Lloyd Kaufman, who plays it
relatively straight for a change, Horror House is an extremely nice
anthology movie, as it puts its emphasis on old-fashioned poignant
story-telling rather than spectacle, provides all of its stories with
fittingly macabre plot twists and surprise endings, well-drawn characters
and good dialogue. And add to this a very subtle and atmospheric
directorial effort and a decent cast, and you've got yourself a very
entertaining piece of genre entertainment!