Thursday, April 2, 2009

Day Seventy-Eight: House (1985) - Rank 3.5/5


What a silly movie. That's all you can think after it comes to a conclusion. I'm sure at one stage is was intended to be a legitimately scary, horror film. The problem is the special effects and creatures are so over the top, it's tough to regard "House" as anything but a dark comedy, very much in the vein of "Evil Dead II" or "Dead Alive."

For starters, our "hero" Roger Cobb (William Katt) is an alleged Vietnam War veteran, suffering from post-war trauma. This trauma could possibly be the cause of the strange things he's seeing, for the monsters and flying objects often stir him into a flashback (the jungles of Vietnam bear an eerie resemblance to a gorilla exhibit in a zoo). Such an angle would definitely be David Cronenberg inspired. Yet, the manner in which he "spazzes" about anything slightly weird occurs makes you wonder how he ever made it through the war alive. In addition, when demonic creatures attack him, he kills them and goes back to his daily routine as if nothing ever happened. A peculiar individual indeed.

The film has one other major asset: George Wendt. Yes, TV's lovable "Norm" shows up every night at Roger's door at the stroke of one o'clock with a six pack of Miller High Lives in hand and a conversation full of sorrows. I suppose Wendt is showing us the cruel side to being a solitary alcoholic, devoid of true friends. Now that's funny!

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