Director: Brini Amerigo
Cast: Daniel Cutler, Alex Lucchesi, David White
Production Company: Doghouse Picture
Runtime: 75 minutes
I can’t think of anything that’s more terrifying than a brutal home invasion. The Last House on the Left (1972) is a good example of what that looks like in a horror film. Director Brini Amerigo brings a new contender the this violent genre with Dead House (2014).
In the movie, three masked men invade a family’s secluded mountain home. Their intention is to torture and eventually kill those living in the house. Unfortunately for everyone concerned, the most frightening monsters have yet to be revealed…
The original title of the film was Beautiful People, which refers to the type of people that are being targeted by the killers. Dead House displays some brutal moments during the attacks that are tough to watch. Very realistic and disturbing…
Alex Lucchesi from Alienween (2016) is very creepy in the role of Testamento. He’s not as violent as Danny Cutler’s terrifying character, but he is extremely unsettling to watch. They both add a lot to the tension that flows throughout the film.
The movie also features the talents of Kate Davies-Speak from Cannibal Farm (2017), David White from House of Evil (2017), and Alexandra Antonioli from Human Test (2009). The entire cast is excellent and everyone seem to contribute something interesting.
The killers reminded me a little of the Manson Family and the terrible things they did when entering people’s homes. However, the movie changes gears at about the half way mark. This is hinted at in one of the movie’s earliest scenes. In that way, it’s a lot like From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
The movie is brimming with great makeup and gore effects. Valeria Petrignano, Enrico Galli from Eaters (2011), David Bracci from Zombie Massacre (2013) and Alessandro Catalano from Dracula 3D (2012) all did an amazing job on this one.
Be sure to watch for additional scenes during and after the end credits. Dead House is a brutally violent film with a lot of dark surprises along the way. Watch it from between your fingers if necessary, but do see it…
– John Migliore
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