Monday, January 2, 2012

House Call Review


If you are thinking about murdering your abusive husband, whose mother just so happens to be a witch, you should probably think again. In the short film, House Call, a young couple is terrorized by a ghost on the night of their one year anniversary.

I was given the opportunity to review the new paranormal-horror short film, directed by Erik L. Wilson, and I was pleasantly surprised. The film follows murderous adulteress, Janice, who is constantly abused at the hands of her husband. When her husband confronts her about an ongoing affair that she has been having with her new boyfriend, she decides that she has had enough and takes matters into her own hands.

Four months later, Janice and her boyfriend, Steven, are celebrating their one year anniversary together in their home. Janice is convinced that she has been seeing her dead husband's mother, thinking that she knows what happened on that fateful night. However, Steven reassures her that what she is seeing isn't real because her ex-mother-in-law is in a mental institution. Um, you thought wrong Stevie-boy.

During that night, the mother casts a spell on her daughter-in-law, seeking retribution for what the young woman did to her son. The results are a murderous and vengeful spirit who terrorizes Janice and her love in unimaginable ways.

At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about this film. However, I did like the concept behind it: Girl murders abusive husband, husband's mother brings son's spirit back, and girl pays for what she did. It was an interesting ghost story that really picked up ten minutes into the film and I enjoyed the whole "karma" aspect behind it.

The film had some generous amounts of gore and I particularly enjoyed actor Michael Jordan's (Uh, you should probably think about a new stage name, pal) performance as Steven, especially once he became possessed. The scene where Steven comes out of nowhere and attacks Janice was my favorite because it did frighten me a little bit and plus, I couldn't stand Janice. What follows that scene made for an entertaining watch because I really didn't know how it was going to turn out for Janice or Steven, for that matter.

I don't think that the story was completely original but I liked the whole supernatural spin that Wilson added to his revenge story. It would have been nice to learn more about the mother, as well as the abusive husband, but again, this was a short film and I understand that the director was strapped for time.

My problem with the film was the acting, particularly Aimee Bello's. I couldn't stand her from the very beginning and I really, really tried to. But, she couldn't even scream! C'mon honey, if you're going to star in a horror film, you really need to learn how to have a better scream. Every word or reaction that came from her just seemed forced and fake. However, I did enjoy the scene where she -SPOILER-bites the dust.

The writing could have been a little better because the dialogue was slightly boring and a bit cliche, however, it wasn't completely unbearable. I did enjoy the effects and the gore featured in the film because it didn't look too fake. Wilson's directing style was also entertaining as well.

Overall, House Call was a decent movie about revenge. I liked that the characters in the film got what they deserved and I really liked the ending. Although the dialogue was a bit cliche and boring, the film had some decent action scenes that made for an entertaining watch. I look forward to seeing what else director Erik L. Wilson has to offer.

4 comments:

Maynard Morrissey said...

Terrific review, Amanda!
Well, Aimee Bello... I think I was definitely fooled by her looks :-)

Aaron said...

Fair review. I got the opportunity to review this as well, but I just don't really feel like it. It's an enjoyable enough watch, with my favorite thing about it being the music that's used at the end. With a revenge movie you have to really be invested in the characters to care about what's going on; seeing as this is only about 15 minutes or something, there obviously wasn't enough time for the characters to be developed, and the movie as a whole doesn't particularly stand out.

Real Queen of Horror said...

It sounds like my kind of movie! Paranormal horror movies are slowly becoming one of my favorites.

That's awesome that you support independent filmmakers. :)

Amanda said...

Aaron, I know what you mean. It's really hard to review a short film because there isn't very much to go on and it's hard to be critical when you know that the director didn't have much time to develop things. Either way, I feel like I've seen worse feature-length films and this one wasn't completely cringe-worthy.
Real Queen of Horror, I support anyone who goes after what they want in life !

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