Ding dong, You’re dead.
Roger Cobb is a author who has just separated from his wife. He moves into a new house and tries to work on a novel based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Strange things start happening around him; little things at first, but as they become more frequent, Cobb becomes aware that the house resents his presence.
This really shouldn't work. It's so tonally disparate (a goofy and wacky look at PTSD and losing a child? Hilarious!) but it somehow manages to work. It's immensely fun and inventive, with a manic energy that manages to carry it through all the tonal and narrative missteps (of which there are many). Absolutely nothing like I was expecting, but a fun surprise.
It tricked me. I didn't think it could, but it did. It's going to trick you too, Roger. This house knows everything about you. Leave while you can!
Director Steve Miner comes off his helming stints on Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part 3 with producer Sean S. Cunningham (director of the original Friday) to give us something different in the horror genre. Tongue is planted firmly in cheek for this fun horror/comedy.
It might come off as too goofy to some, but I think it skids the line perfectly between serious horror and comedy without going to far on either side. William Katt (Greatest American Hero) was perfectly cast as the lead…
This HOUSE is located in an eclectic neighborhood. The core story of a child lost inside a haunted house is right next door to POLTERGEIST; while the PTSD Vietnam subplot is just a few blocks down from PLATOON. The slapstick gore keeps it on the same street as EVIL DEAD, while some of the creature designs are across the tracks from GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: THE MOVIE. Adding to the property value, the neighborly relationship with George Wendt shares a similar architecture with THE BURBS'; and the central character, a pop author looking to write a book that truly depicts the struggles of humanity, gives it a nice distant view of SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS.
A Vietnam veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and the loss of his son, moves into the house in which his aunt recently committed suicide, in this moving drama from Oliver Stone... wait... that's not right... I meant, in this comedy/horror film from the director of Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D.
It's funnier than it sounds. Honest. And bonkers.
If this is the sort of thing John Rambo had to deal with when talking to
Brian Dennehy, it's no wonder he went off the chain.
Not as good as the 1977 "House" but better than the 2008 "House". PS - "House".
Part of my Halloween Horror Marathon
This is an alright horror comedy. It has some good scares but for the most part isn't that scary. Still it held my interest for most of the film, couple spots where pacing was bad but for the most part the film flowed nicely. The annoying neighbor pissed me the hell off and seemed to be there for no reason. Also what was with that woman just coming over and giving her kid to him to watch. First of all terrible parenting to just hand your kid off to some stranger and second she has no purpose in the film. Also how did this house reach another dimension or whatever. And if the ghost zombie of the guy who died in Vietnam was after him why did he just haunt the house? How did he know the guy would even come back? Still this was an enjoyable horror comedy. Mostly worth a watch.
Not sure if this should be a 3 or 3 1/2 star rating. Decided on 3 1/2 because, well, there aren't enough movies with practical effects like what are in this movie.
The movie starts out serious, but the further into the film you get, the less serious you're able to take it. It's like they decided to switch from serious horror film to Evil Dead 2 serious (only slightly more goofy). There comes a point where you just have to let go and just go with whatever you see happening in this movie, forgetting several forms of logic. If you can do that, this this is a fun popcorn flick of a movie worth watching with some friends and…
This goofy little horror flick doesn't make any more sense today than it did back in the 1980's but it's still a fun, cheesy movie.
Kind of hammered together from ideas of other horror movies, it's about a writer named Roger that moves into the house where his aunt committed suicide. He wants to focus on writing a book about how he was in the Vietnam War. He also wants time alone to deal with the divorce from his wife and the mysterious disappearance of his son.
Soon after he moves in, Roger discovers that the house is full of inter-dimensional doorways and demon monsters. He just tries to deal with it, in between having flashbacks to Vietnam, hallucinations of…
I came for the movie poster, I stayed for the movie; I have a lot of regrets in life.
House comienza como una interesante película de terror, cosa que me iba gustando, y de pronto se convierte en una película cómica con mensaje sobre los traumas de la guerra. No está mal, pero ese cambio tan drástico en el género no me dejó muy buen sabor de boca. Tiene algunas cosas divertidas y un par de imágenes particularmente perturbadoras. Bastante ligera para pasar el rato; seguro veré la segunda parte pero tampoco se convertirá en una de mis favoritas de terror ochentero.
It's still got it.
Started watching this thinking it was Hausu... BIG MISTAKE! What a retarded movie, funny though sometimes because of it's stupidity. Nevertheless I felt like throwing my tv out of the window by the end, haven't experienced that since Jurassic Shark.
I used to watch this very often when I was a child. It made me afraid to use a toilet.
I thought the Vietnam flashback scenes were hilarious.
Not seen it since I rented the VHS. Upon a re-watch I found it slow to start maybe because there much of plot , without any explain as to why things happened the way they did. A very typical 80s flick with an iconic VHS cover. I must have some fondness for it as it was if anything but great.