Welcome to day 21 of my #31DaysOfHorror! Only 10 days left of my favourite month of the year, and if you want to share the movies you’ve been watching, feel free to do so in the comments or with the tag #BarleyDoesHorror.
I didn’t really know what I was getting out of this one, hell, I didn’t even know it was a New Zealand film until I put it on. So, lets share the story before we carry on shall we?
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.
So, it’s really a pretty fun little flick. Though, the story is kind of jumbled and all over the place. I was hoping it was going to be a haunted house movie, and it seemed to start off that way, but it eventually became a bit close to The Pact or People Under The Stairs, which was a disappointment. That being said, the movie is kind of fun, and full of some pretty likable characters. Plus, we have a couple of Lord Of The Rings actors making appearances, so there’s that.
Appearances by Bruce Hopkins and Cameron Rhodes aside, however, the movie does kind of fall apart. There are a couple of creepy scenes, and a few satisfying special effects, but not enough to really make the movie work. Performances from everyone are fine, and most of the actors are genuinely funny actually. Though, I wouldn’t rank this one among my favourite horror comedies, it still does offer some fun beginning to end. Including a pretty funny opening scene that involves a fella hitting himself in the face with a sledge hammer while trying to rob an ATM, I did get a genuine laugh or two from the movie.
The movie does kind of fall victim to the convoluted story unfortunately, and for whatever reason, the movie just feels way to crammed-full and over-complicated. It could have been a pretty fun little movie, but managed to miss the mark. Plus, after my recent re-watching of Flight Of The Conchords, I definitely hoped for a bit of a cameo appearance, which never came. Missed opportunity guys.
Overall, the movie didn’t really have much to offer but a few gory effects and some laughs. I’m not going to say it’s bad, because it’s not, but it’s right down the middle of the line this time around unfortunately.
FINAL GRADE : C+