House If you believe that the most terrifying part of a horror film is the backstory (you know, that jittery quick-cut flashback in which we discover… House If you believe that the most terrifying part of a horror film is the backstory (you know, that jittery quick-cut flashback in which we discover… 2008-11-07 R PT93M Horror Michael Madsen Heidi Dippold Reynaldo Rosales Roadside Attractions
Movie Review

House (2008)

MPAA Rating: R
House | THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED J.P. Davis (left) and Heidi Dippold in House , which is haunted mostly by its need to explain everything
THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED J.P. Davis (left) and Heidi Dippold in House, which is haunted mostly by its need to explain everything
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: Nov 07, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Michael Madsen; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

If you believe that the most terrifying part of a horror film is the backstory (you know, that jittery quick-cut flashback in which we discover how the psycho became a psycho), then House is the tingler for you. It starts off as your basic two-couples-stranded-in-a-house-owned-by-a-family-of-redneck-bizarros Chainsaw facsimile, but then the haunted rooms begin to provoke extended visions of Sins From the Past. The backstories keep piling up, with nods to The Shining, The Ring, and a dozen other gothic supernatural chillers, yet the result doesn't remotely scare you — rather, it keeps explaining why you should be scared. That's why we're not. D

Originally posted Nov 12, 2008 Published in issue #1021-1022 Nov 21, 2008 Order article reprints