Friday, January 30, 2015

The Houses October Built (2014)

As another week has gone by at the institute, I am excited by the fact that today was my last day of the quarter teaching FCC principles. Now, it is up to the class to take their test and get their certifications. Now, we are onto the CB and aircraft VHF Communications Systems. Back to the blog, next up is the 2014 found footage flick The Houses October Built.

Plot/ Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them...

I was a bit hesitant when I saw this one on the shelves, as it was another found footage flick and honestly, that genre has started to turn me off. While at first glance the storyline seemed interesting, I quickly found myself trapped in the typical clichéd moments that plague this genre. Yes, there are some positives with the haunted houses, and some of the footage is creepy, but there is not a lot going for it other than that. On top of the cliché moments, the characters are flat, the performances uneven, and the pacing drags the overall potential down. In the end, this one definitely suffers from the same issues that many low budget found footage films have and it makes it just blend in with the rest of them. Unless you have nothing else to watch, stay away.

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