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The Houses October Built Blu-ray Review

The Houses October Built Blu-ray

“The Houses October Built” is an eerie film that stumbles in the end.

“The Houses October Built” is a found footage horror film in which 5 friends document their extreme haunt road trip through Texas in an RV. Their goal is to find the scariest haunted house, but they wind up getting far more than they bargained for when they track down a secret extreme haunted house called The Blue Skeleton.

While “The Houses October Built” is clearly inspired by the likes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “House of 1000 Corpses,” the film feels fairly fresh in comparison to the glut of hit film imitators that flood the home video market. Having the film set in the booming haunted house industry was a truly inspired choice as that realm hasn’t been explored as much as it should be. Truth be told, the atmospheric haunted house world setting is ‘October’s’ greatest strength as it sucks viewer into this ambitious indie horror film production. Unfortunately, the film itself is a bit choppy and uneven overall.

When ‘October’ is firing on all cylinders, it’s a creepy and fun viewing experience, but the story takes too long to get going and is ultimately let down by a disappointing climax. Considering the film spends a majority of the running time building to climactic The Blue Skeleton haunt, one would think director Bobby Roe would go all out in trying to freak out audiences. Instead, we get a decidedly rushed and poorly edited sequence that limps to the finish line.

Note: “The Houses October Built” Blu-ray is a Best Buy exclusive. The DVD is not exclusive. Both  the Blu-ray and the DVD will be released January 6, 2015.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The shaky cam cinematography is a little too shaky for my taste, but the film is still visually appealing at times.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound?”The Houses October Built” does not have the greatest sound quality, but it’s not really supposed to with the style it’s going for. It does the job which is all you can ask for.

Extras:
* Image Entertainment trailers.
* 24 minutes of deleted scenes.
* A 2 minute Photo Gallery.
* “Cast Carvings By The Pumpkin Geek”- A very brief montage of cast member faces carved on pumpkins.
* “Behind The Screams: An Inside Look At The Haunts”- A behind the scenes look at 4 haunted house attractions.
* “The Original Houses October Built: The Full-Length Documentary That Inspired The Film”- A fun 94 minute documentary about haunted houses.

Overall Thoughts: With better editing and a better ending, “The Houses October Built” could have been a special horror film. As is, it’s still a flick that would be worth watching during the Halloween season (which is when the film should have been released on home video).

 

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December 23, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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