Home Review [SXSW 2014]

According to Judy Garland’s Dorothy, there’s just no place like home. A wonderful sentiment, kept safe by family and familiarity – but there’s no way Dorothy would be spouting such nonsense if her home was haunted by the devil like in filmmaker Nicholas McCarthy’s latest, aptly titled Home. For anyone who is familiar with McCarthy’s previous film, The Pact, you’ll start to notice a trend in his style, focusing on paranormal haunted house lore. Sure, there’s a heavy-handed focus here on demonic possession, suggesting “home” may not be a building, but again Nicholas generates atmospheric tension while focusing on a central structure that’s housing a pulsing, malevolent force. Apparently the riskiest profession you can have in McCarthy’s horror universe is working in reality – you’d be better off testing jetpacks made from duct tape and oscillating fans.

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