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There's something about an ugly presence in a beautiful setting that's just sort of ... interesting.
Effective in its minimalism, where the sound of a running faucet and unseen footsteps are meant to carry a sense of dread, and oftentimes they do. This rigid atmosphere gives the several quick bloody encounters an extra amplification of shock. Between Number Six on Battlestar Galactica and her similar-but-different role here, Tricia Helfer has perfected playing the role of manipulative seductress, while her partner Brian Geraghty portrays a silently scary psychotic all too convincingly, reinforced by his striking resemblance to the pudgy blond home invader in the original Funny Games right down to the collared white shirt. Their strange strained relationship provides a layer of interest rarely seen in a horror/thriller, and captive Rachel Blanchard slowly begins to see a rift that she may be able to exploit. The ending came as a surprise and rather squeezed me through a ringer. Bypassing the lone conspicuous flaw - how can this many people disappear without a search leading to their door? - Open House successfully creates and sustains a threatening atmosphere on a shoestring.
Well I spotted this was directed by Anna Paquin's brother and also had Stephen Moyer from True Blood on the cover, unfortunately they are not the main stars of the film. Rachel Blanchard of the TV series Clueless is the main lead.
This falls into the category of weird films, there isn't a lot of back story or explanation really into the why or what of what is going on. Reminded me a lot of Funny Games. Quite bloody and brutal, ok for a low budget film but a bit more plot would have be nice....and Anna Paquin!
A very good twisted tale. Entertaining from start to finish.
Haha. I rented this because it features Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin on the front. Then when you see that the director is 'Andrew Paquin' you know why these very popular stars were a) in this low flying film to begin with, and b) why they each played about 3 minute cameos. Don't be fooled by the cover! They are in it for so short a time that you swear somehow they will come back to fulfill their cover toting duties. But no. Also, what is the point of this movie? It has no redemption (which isn't a bad thing if it has a point). Instead I think the purpose of this film is that you should be scared of putting your house on the market, cause these people will come kill you. Not a terrible movie. Not a great one. David was a pretty solid scary Nazi looking guy. Lila was hot but too skinney. The end.
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