The Seasoning House (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Seasoning House
The film's downbeat switchback ending is neither convincing nor earned.
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
Audience Reviews for The Seasoning House
Not for the faint of heart. If you like some pretty twisted stuff, you'll enjoy this film as much as I did.
Dull, depressing, deadening and dragging rubbish.
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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