Director: Jason Coffman
Cast: Tania Fox, Henrique Couto, Robert G. Putka
Production Company: Tomorrow Romance
Runtime: 63 minutes
Horror movies have featured women in lead roles for decades. Other genres are finally catching on to this effective practice, even the usually male-dominated comedy. Director Jason Coffman combines terror and laughs in the female-led feature film Housesitters (2018).
In the film, Angie (Annie Watkins) and Izzy (Jamie Jirak) land a job housesitting that seems absolutely perfect. As the evening progresses, things take a weird turn. They encounter human sacrifices, demonic rituals, and even a creepy monster from beyond.
Watkins and Jirak are definitely the film’s main attractions. They keep things going with their witty repartee and bizarre observations. Jay J. Bidwell from Return of the Dead (2016) also has a few interesting moments in the role of Dan.
Silly banter and goofy situations prevail for most of the movie. Absurd hijinks are definitely the name of the game here! The horror takes a backseat to the comedy, but fright fans may still get a kick out of the bloody moments and the wacky little monster in the movie.
The movie’s creature was designed by Dustin Mills, who also directed The Puppet Monster Massacre (2010). The credits refer to the diminutive beast as “Little Bastard”. There’s also an animated sequence that serves as an mind-bending intermission.
This sequence features the voices of Tania Fox from Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017), Henrique Couto from Devil’s Trail (2017), and John R. Hand from Frankenstein’s Bloody Nightmare (2006). Director Jason Coffman even provides the voice of Woofer.
I always enjoy catching references to other films in independent movies. Here, the characters mention Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971), Camille 2000 (1969), and Ghostbusters (2016). That last movie in particular had a lot of influence on this film.
The film’s world premiere takes place at Windy City Horrorama: Local Horror Showcase in Chicago on April 28th. The movie will be released on VOD after its festival run. Housesitters is full of kooky shenanigans and will bring a smile to your face…
– John Migliore
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