- October 10th, 2014
- 91 Minutes
After hearing the premise for The Houses October Built I was extremely intrigued. We follow a group of friends who are going to try to find the scariest haunted houses around while also asking around to see about haunted houses that will potentially danger someone to scare them. Soon though on their trip they start to realize that what they are looking into might be something a lot more serious and darker then they expected.
Story wise it’s a great premise. The times they show the haunted houses and scenes that feature that part of the story are great. Hopefully one day they can make another film that does that aspect the way it deserves. It’s just unfortunate that the scenes that are between those are horrible. We get plagued with a cast of very unlikeable characters who have some very simplistic conversations. Weak characters makes it where towards the end when they attempt to tie everything together (though the ending itself is somewhat disappointing) you find yourself not caring what happens to the people we followed throughout the film.
The found footage angle they take for this as well doesn’t do it any honor. If done as a normal film instead I think it would be benefited greatly. For the scenes not involving a haunted house you get stuck with annoying camera angles and gimmicks that bring the film down.
Overall The Houses October Built is a split film. It’s a great premise and has its moments where it’s a good film but with poor gimmicks, bad character and sometime plot development, and what feels like a cheap ending it just ends up being a shell of what it should be.