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House (2008)

R | | Horror | 7 November 2008 (USA)
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In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. ... See full summary »

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Robby Henson

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Ted Dekker (novel), Rob Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Tin Man / Officer
Reynaldo Rosales ... Jack Singleton
Heidi Dippold ... Stephanie Singleton
Julie Ann Emery ... Leslie Taylor
J.P. Davis ... Randy Messsarue
Lew Temple ... Pete
Leslie Easterbrook ... Betty
Bill Moseley ... Stewart
Pawel Delag ... Officer Lawdale
Weronika Rosati ... Mrs. Lawdale
Alanna Bale ... Susan (as Alana Bale)
Mark Fierer Mark Fierer ... Randy's Father
Florentyna Synowiecka Florentyna Synowiecka ... Melissa
Andrew Gorzen Andrew Gorzen ... Leslie's Uncle
Albert Pietrzak Albert Pietrzak ... Young Randy
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In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four. They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer's demands aren't met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out... is in. But going further into this house--where unknown challenges await them--is equally deadly. Written by Anonymous

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game | evil | dinner | tin can | sunrise | See All (76) »

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The Guilty Cannot Hide See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$327,445, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$575,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,141,018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Leslie Easterbrook and Bill Moseley played "mother and son" once before, in The Devil's Rejects (2005). See more »

Goofs

When the couple walk out of the car in rain, the parking lights are off. In the very next shot they are switched on, even though they were away from the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Officer Lawdale: Ssh. It's going to be okay.
Mrs. Lawdale: It's going to be okay? You really mean, it's going to be okay for us?
Officer Lawdale: Not us.
Mrs. Lawdale: Sweet heart?
Officer Lawdale: It's going to be okay, for me...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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My Heart Holds No Secrets
Written by Vince Emmett
Performed by Lindsay Willinger
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watch Steve Miner's 1986 cult classic of the same name instead
9 April 2009 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Jack and Stephanie, a bickering married couple on their way to couples' counseling, get stranded in the woods after two of their tires get a flat. They find themselves at an old hotel to get out of the pouring rain and possibly call for help. There they find another stranded couple, Leslie and Randy, who are the only other guests there. All four soon find themselves meeting the owner's of the hotel who seem slightly off somehow. They decide to make the best of a bad situation until a maniac known as "the Tin Man" who's outside gives them an ultimatum: They all have till dawn to kill one of the four or they all die. They each have to face their inner demons respectively if they wish to survive the night.

The juxtaposition of the term 'Christian Horror' has always struck me as somewhat peculiar as someone who grew up in the 1980's where a good many of the horror offerings had slightly religious morality: you had premarital sex, you died, you did drugs, you died, etcetera, etc. But I digress, this had something most of the self-monikered 'christian' films lacked, good production values. Making it only doubly sad that the film's saddled with such a cliché story, poor characterization, trite dialog, and mediocre acting. I've heard the book is better, as is often the case, but i'm not reviewing the book. And as a film, this ultimately fails.

My Grade: D+

DVD Extras: Trailers for Bella, & The Spirit. That's all, some director's commentary would've been nice but alas no


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