HOUSE (1986)

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A Vietnam vet turned horror novelist returns to his boyhood home to find that it has been invaded by ghosts and ghouls.

A Vietnam vet turned horror novelist returns to his boyhood home to find that it has been invaded by ghosts and ghouls.

Director: Steve Miner

Film series: House

Screenplay: Ethan Wiley

Music composed by: Harry Manfredini, Buddy Feyne

1 Hour 33 Minutes


REVIEW BY JEREMIAH

I remember the VHS boxart probably more than almost any other film (Dead Alive perhaps being the only one to imprint harder), and I also remember how devastated I was after finally renting it too. What should have been a terrifying ghost story, turned out to be a silly, goreless, slapstick nightmare. And at the time, I wanted—what I thought were anyway—edgy horror films.

Anyway that was then, this is now. And today, silly, goreless, slapstick nightmares—I'm totally cool with. So it pretty much follows that on my second go round, I had a much better time—a really good time in fact, with House. Coming across as something of a precursor to the master class of Evil Dead 2, there was just enough in the way of comically-driven horror to tickle the same funny bone. One-sided battles with a zombie swordfish (like those mountable Big Mouth Billy Bass toys), fist fights with a zombie soldier, being manhandled by a closet demon (which totally looked like the offspring of a tree branch and drain scum), and hilarious encounters with a bloated deadite-looking girlfriend, ultimately ending in dismemberment.

It kind of runs wild tonally, and the flashback segments don't really work for me, but if you're looking for some cinematic skylarking in the horror genre, perhaps something generally inoffensive, give this a (re)visit.

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