Director: James Crow
Cast: Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, Liam Kelly
Production Company: Last British Dragon
Runtime: 100 minutes
In a world filled with remakes, sequels, and reboots, finding something fresh isn’t always in the cards. Thankfully, House of Salem (2016) is as fresh as spilled blood. The movie is directed by James Crow, who also brought us Curse of the Witching Tree (2015) and Nightmare on 34th Street (2017).
In the movie, a group of criminals kidnap a young boy for an anonymous client. They are unaware that he is meant take part in a sick game of human sacrifice. Even more frightening is the child’s connection to the supernatural, and the demonic forces present in the safe house.
The opening sequence is fantastic, consisting of a creepy nightmare and a child adbuction. From that point, the movie strikes a nice balance between being a crime drama and a paranormal thriller. In fact, this is one of the most original concepts I’ve seen in some time.
If I had to make a comparison, I’d suggest this film’s creepy story reminds me a little of The Wicker Man (1973). The supernatural elements unfold in a similar way to those in The Shining (1980) and The Sixth Sense (1999).
The film’s cast includes Leslie Mills from Nightmare on 34th Street (2017), Andrew Lee Potts from Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007), Jack Brett Anderson from Don’t Hang Up (2016), and Anna Nightingale from The Warning (2012).
Liam Kelly is excellent in the role of Josh, the boy who is abducted. Kelly is a young actor, and this is his very first film. He’s able to convey a wide range of emotions in the movie, and delivers a character that is sympathetic and interesting.
It’s always a wonderful treat to see something that feels both new and different. The film’s conclusion left me wanting more and was well-constructed. House of Salem is successful on every possible level. Make sure you see this one…
– John Migliore
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