The Perfect House Shockya Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Directed by: Kris Hulbert (‘First Times’) and Randy Kent (‘Life of Lemon’, TV’s ‘The John Kerwin Show’)
Starring: Monique Parent (TV’s ‘Tanya X’), John Philbin (‘Children of the Corn,’ ‘The Return of the Living Dead’) and Felissa Rose (‘Dahmer vs. Gacy’)
The horror genre has multiple successful sub-genres, whether it be Hitchcock-inspired suspense, ‘Saw’-inspired torture-porn or violent, psychological thrillers. The new horror anthology film ‘The Perfect House’ encompasses all three sub-genres with three diverse short stories. All three stories take place in the same house, particularly the basement, and aim to prove that people are sometimes driven to commit crimes by an external evil force.
‘The Perfect House’ follows newlyweds Mike and Marisol (played by Will Robertson and Andrea Vahl), who are given the tour of their dream house by a perky, sexual real estate agent (portrayed by Monique Parent). While the two are initially interested in buying the house, their perceptions of it quickly change once they view the basement. The two quickly feel a sense of unease in the house, which is revealed to be related to its foreboding, horrifying past.
The true horrors of the house are revealed in the three short tales. The short stories include ‘The Storm,’ a Hitchcock inspired tale of a family taking shelter in the basement from a violent storm. However, the storm isn’t the only thing threatening the family, as the abuse and resentment between them is quickly revealed. Next comes ‘Chic-ken,’ in which John Dosey (played by Jonathan Tiersten) kidnaps innocent people and locks them in the basement to torture and kill them. He keeps one female victim (portrayed by Holly Greene) alive to watch the torture. The last story, titled ‘Dinner Guest,’ follows a stranger (played by Dustin Stevens), who locks his next door neighbors in the basement and kills them one-by-one.
‘The Perfect House,’ which is set to premiere on FlickLaunch, the first movie distribution platform built on Facebook for independent filmmakers, takes a unique approach to telling the house’s story. Give the house is the only location in the horror thriller, and the basement serves as the primary antagonist, writer Kris Hulbert, who co-directed the film with Randy Kent, was able to maintain viewers’ interest in the house’s evil by telling the three stories. Each short story proves the directors’ message that evil isn’t always passed down generation to generation, amongst families; society and exposure to external past crimes can lead to people to their breaking points.
Of the three stories, ‘Chic-ken’ is the most entertaining, as it derives from the family element of ‘The Storm’ and ‘Dinner Guest.’ Kulbert and Kent show that like society, which can become desensitized to evil after repeatedly watching horror films and television shows, the female victim becomes numb to John’s repeated torture and killing of other innocent people. The two have an interesting dynamic together, as the female knows what John is doing is wrong, but she comes to revel in the killings, since she has witnessed it for years.
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