The kidnapping plot is far from a new one in the realm of horror, but director Alastair Orr decided to take it and run it in a whole new direction and thankfully it paid off. When Hazel (Sharni Vinson) gets a group together to kidnap, Katherine (Carlyn Burchell), a local businessman’s daughter, saying they get more than they bargained for would be an understatement, because Katherine has a dark secret that’s manifesting and the group is about to meet it in full force.
I enjoy films that at the core take place in one night, they have a tendency to stay on task more and do not feel the need to fill screen time with unnecessary plot moves and antics. From a House on Willow Street adheres to this concept and really pushes the film out of it’s comfort zone. Sharni Vinson (You’re Next) does a solid job of infusing toughness, street smarts and emotional vulnerability into her character. As the story moves through and the stakes get higher, tough decisions must be made.The benefits of this escalation are in the form of a no holds barred bloodfest for all souls involved. The effects were unflinching and the jump scares were there, cast performance were sound and the pace was never dragged down.
Overall, It’s refreshing to see the merging of 2 already overused concepts fused into a blood soaked survival tale where it’s not always about good vs evil.
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Director: Alastair Orr
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Gore: 8 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 4 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by EvilQueenB