For a research project for college, four students (Joanna Bartling,
Misty Madden, Sean McCracken, Grian Papson) decide to investigate the
legendary Horror House on Highway 6, the stuff of urban legends -
as it's believed that a bunch of people have disappeared there many moons
ago, but nobody really believes the story, nobody but one of the students,
Clementine (Joanna Bartling), whose mother was one of these people, and
she also thinks the house has to do with the disappearance of her father
Tracking the house down though seems a lot harder than
one would expect, as a local gas station attendant (Michael Castagnola)
tells our heroes that no such house as the Horror House had ever existed
... but when one of them, Mullet (Brian Papson), has a freak accident with
a soda dispender, he sends them to Dr Kessel's (William D. Caldwell) place
... and once our investigators are at the good doctor's place and find his
surgery in a bomb shelter deep under at the end of a maze of rooms and
hallways that seem to always change, and the doctor's nurse (Frank
Gangarossa) seems to be a full-blown psycho, they more and more come to
the conclusion that this place is the horror house itself.
soon separated from the others and performed pretty unnecessary but very
bloody brain surgery on. When Joe Nick (Sean McCracken) rushes to his
rescue, he also lands on the operating table but manages to free himself
and shoot the doctor dead - who just disappears into thin air -, and now
Joe Nick seems to have superior knowledge about this place, which weirdly
enough has to do with ... Elvis Presley (?).
Clementine manages to find
her father, but it's not the family reunion she would have expected, and
she only just escapes daddy's machete ...
The last member of the party
of investigators, Elmira (Misty Madden), manages to escape the horror
house, runs right into a massacre which she escapes only just, and has to
realize all the roads lead back to the horror house.
Ultimately our four
heroes team up again - but the odds are against them in a world they don't
even understand ...
If my synopsis of Horror House on
Highway 6 does sound a bit confusing, it's because the film really is
- and that's one of the movie's strengths, it's a really tight
supernatural thriller ... that's also absurd and bizarre to boot, with
humour aded to the mix freely, and the movie manages to create a world all
of its own on a comparatively low budget but overboarding imagination. Add
to this a directorial effort that's atmosphere-rich and makes the most out
of little, and an ensemble cast that carries the whole thing rather
beautifully, and you've got a highly original and hugely enjoyable film!