Director: James Klass
Cast: Becky Fletcher, Andrew Hollingworth, Faye Goodwin
Production Company: Proportion Productions
Runtime: 96 minutes
Let the buyer beware! If a bargain seems too good to be true, there’s probably a reason. Maybe that’s why people avoid purchasing homes with a dark history. Director James Klass brings us the story of a family who should have thought twice before entering the House on Elm Lake (2017).
In the movie, a young couple and their troubled daughter move into a lake house where ritualistic murders and suicide took place. An evil force awakens in their new home, threatening to claim their lives. Can they escape the fate of those who lived there before them?
Becky Fletcher (also known as Becca Hirani) from Fox Trap (2016) and Andrew Hollingworth from The Haunted Hotel (2017) are excellent in the roles of Hayley and Eric. They must show a wide range of emotions and even different personalities in the movie.
Faye Goodwin from Mother Krampus (2017) does a great job as their daughter Penny. She has a lot of terrifying scenes to deal with and handles all of them very well. She’s deeply involved in some of the most frightening moments in the film.
Tony Manders from My Bloody Banjo (2015), Kate Lush from Lucifer’s Night (2014), and Oliver Ebsworth from Nightmare on 34th Street (2017) all share an intense scene as the doomed family that lived in the cursed house before our heroes.
Tara MacGowran from Deadly Waters (2015) is convincing in the role of Julie Soskin, a psychic guide who tries to help the family. Lorena Andrea from Unhinged (2017) also appears as Hayley’s friend Crystal. It’s great to see so many indie horror veterans together in one film.
There’s a skin-covered book in the movie that will likely bring to mind the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis from The Evil Dead (1981). Many of the paranormal events in the movie are also similar to those in The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Shining (1980).
These similarities help to draw us into a familiar world, while also leaving us open to new surprises. I’d say there may even be a touch of The Omen (1976) in there! House on Elm Lake will darken your doorstep with supernatural thrills…
– John Migliore
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