The Seasoning House (2013)
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The Seasoning House: where young girls are prostituted to the military. An orphaned deaf mute is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing the little kindnesses when she can. When fate brings the men that murdered her family and the reason she ended up in the whore house, a chain of events begins that will end her captivity, free the girls still alive in the house and grant her revenge on the soldiers that destroyed her life.
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Critic Reviews for The Seasoning House
While lead actress Rosie Day turns in a phenomenal performance, The Seasoning House is more bite than bark, creating an uneven and empty watch.
An expertly crafted thriller and manages to show a heartfelt side of the issue.
It's atmospheric and a tense journey, arguably not unlike Gravity if you were to replace the vacuum of space with a bunch of angry, accented dudes
The film's downbeat switchback ending is neither convincing nor earned.
Hyett earned his reputation as a prosthetics wiz on films like The Descent and The Woman in Black; the human monsters he gives us here might as well be made out of cardboard.
It's cleverly made on a small budget, but is so over-designed and carefully structured that we never believe it.
If only the dialogue and camera work were as good as the make-up effects.
A soulless horror thriller that fails to captivate thanks to a poor script and some terribly unconvincing performances from certain cast members.
This is a deeply unpleasant subject matter and Hyett's handling of it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
A horror film of two halves: the first squalid and hard to stomach, the second surreal and hard to take seriously.
The Seasoning House may ultimately feel as compromised and tainted as its heroine - but Hyett remains a rising talent to watch, especially if he can find a better script to match his uneasy vision and moody production design.
Goes from stark, sober horror to expeditious revenge thriller without missing a beat
Audience Reviews for The Seasoning House
Bleak, depressing and not easy to watch, The Seasoning House tells the story of a young girl who is held captive in a run down house in the middle of the woods run by what you assume to be some kind of Russian mafia dude, preparing captured girls for nights of sexual abuse at the hands of, well, whatever lowlife shows up it seems. After watching her mother get killed in a brutal shooting, the girl, Angel, has no option but to comply but after making friends with one of the captured girls who she then witnesses get killed, Angel turns into a vengeful badass and uses the insides of the walls to get around the house and get revenge on those around her.
I'm usually up for films that make you feel some emotion, anything, even if its dark and fucked up(usually that actually, being a horror fan!), but The Seasoning House is not that likeable and i'm not sure if its the raw and gritty feel, which i'm use to, or the dodgy Russian accents, particularly Sean Pertwee("She's got my gun". No Sean, it's actually your knife!) or I simply can't find any positives from this film. Rosie Day was good as young mute, Angel, though, that's about it. Pertwee's death is horrible enough but if you're even slightly claustrophobic then don't bother! A tough watch that big fans of torture porn might enjoy but that's about it, I'm afraid.
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