The Open House
A woman and her son move to the beautiful vacation house of her sister placed in the mountains after she loses her husband in an accident. The house is actually for sale and expects potential buyers and visitors on Sundays. Not long after they move in strange things start happening, and each night becomes more and more a thrilling mystery. It feels they have a companion, but is it only an illusion within their minds, or is it real?
After witnessing his father’s tragic death, Logan and his mother, Naomi, decided to move into her sister’s beautiful yet secluded mountain home that is listed for sale. They can enjoy and live a normal life while they are there, except on Sundays. That’s when the realtor comes in to host open house events to potential buyers. On these days logan and his mother are expected to leave the house entirely to allow the realtors to show the house. When they return, Dylan makes a statement that open houses are kind of odd and allows complete strangers to come in and go through every room, yet when it’s time to end the showing the realtors don’t even bother to search the rooms to make sure everyone has gone.
Once they arrive in the small town they immediately end up meeting their elderly neighbor. She has also lost her husband recently and offers both of them a warm, but put-off welcome. Once they have settled in strange things begin to happen. Logan is woken by a loud knock at the door with a car’s headlights glaring through the bedroom windows. His cell phone ends up missing, as well as his glasses. Additionally, he hears banging in the basement and the water heater keeps being turned off. His mother thinks nothing of it, putting most of the blame on Logan and his childish ways of coping with the loss of his father. However, Logan starts suspecting that someone might be using the open houses in the area as a means to gain entry into the usually empty homes.
The Open House lacks a great number of things needed for a decent horror film. It’s just terribly predictable, and the way the shots are set up, to the characters’ actions seems to give practically everything away. The film is placed under the heading or horror, yet the scares are virtually non-existent. The entire film is void of suspense and thrills and only features a couple of moments that might be deemed as anything close to being creepy.
I honestly do not know what happened with this one. It started off pretty damn good, but then it just went downhill fast. The acting wasn’t all that bad, but the writing certainly was. Definitely nothing original about this plot. I was really expecting more from this movie. Overall it’s just 90 minutes of my life that I can never get back. It almost seems like they ran out of their budgeted allotment and decided to just go ahead and end it. There’s no doubt in my mind that this movie will leave you unsatisfied and with a bunch of questions that will never get answered.
This was truly a disappointing release by Netflix, and one that simply isn’t worth the time to even invest in watching as background noise. This is unfortunate, as Dylan Minnette is really a great talent, who I feel wasn’t deserving of such a poor film. I’d highly recommend watching his film Don’t Breathe, for a truly suspenseful, well-made scary movie.
Title: The Open House
Release Date: January 19, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Starring: Dylan Minnette, Piercey Dalton, Patricia Bethune, Sharif Atkins
MPAA Rated: TV-MA
Directors: Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 2.4 /5
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