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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Not Any Better or Worse Than Expected

Author: gavin6942 from United States
24 October 2012

A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.

Can Jeffrey Combs carry a film? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But it is nice to see that he actually appears as a main character here and not simply for five minutes so they can slap his name on the cover to draw in horror fans. While this may not be one of his best roles, he at least spends a fair amount of time on screen.

Unfortunately, there is nothing new about people going into a haunted house and soon finding out it is really a house full of horrors. I have seen one film already this month based on such a premise -- 2007's "House of Fears". While this may be the slightly better film -- and I stress "may" be -- it scores zero points for originality.

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You'll want the 85 minutes of your life back if you watch this.

Author: rick79robertson from Valdosta, Georgia
8 June 2012

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This is absolute crap. A cheap rip-off of House on Haunted Hill. Lots of hissing. Lots of bad gore. This wouldn't pass for a middle school video project. It's hard to believe a studio actually paid for this drivel. The only good thing to say was it wasn't longer than it was. I watched this on Chiller which meant this poor excuse for horror was interrupted regularly by commercials. Don't waste your time!!!!A drive-in theater wouldn't even show this......There is a brief minute or two near the end where you get to hear some pseudo-Satanic language that is almost scary but her makeup and hair are so hilariously over the top that you laugh instead of feeling afraid.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Songs of Praise is more exciting!

Author: JamesChaos1986 from United Kingdom
16 September 2011

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**Contains Spoilers**

This Film has all of the modern horror cliché's in abundance.

Slightly disturbed heroine you know isn't going to die: Check..

Dumb but sexy chick you know IS going to die: Check..

The cocky Jock: Check..

One Black guy who's a friend of the jock: Check..

Some sort of poorly acted,lingering love tryst: Check..

Its almost like one of the 60's hammer horror movies only much much worse. At least back then they had the excuse of not having proper special effects, sound quality and were actually original.

I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened because the completely wooden cast couldn't drop an ounce of suspense and shock if there life's depended on it. Notably bad was Diane Salinger who plays Ms Darrode. She was almost Oinking she was that hammy. If you value your ears, mute the TV every time shes on screen because all she does is scream in such a tone, it would peel the enamel from your teeth! If you value your eyes, don't watch this film at all.

To sum things up, this film is completely Pony. Seems like it goes on forever in a repeat sequence of the same gory deaths we have seen so many times before in horrors before this.

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Dark Haunted House on a Hill

Author: peteranderson975 from East Kilbride, Scotland
6 September 2011

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Three young girls are riding their bikes through their neighbourhood and they stop at the gate of house of Janet Garrode (Diane Salinger). Two of the girls think it is creepy, but the third girl knows it is just a foster home. To prove there's nothing to fear she goes right up to door and goes in. The children are all dead, lying in pools of blood everywhere.She hears a sound from the kitchen and goes through to see Garrode standing at the sink with her hands down the waste disposal unit with blades grinding her hands away until she dies from blood loss. The girl hears a noise from the pantry and looks through the key hole and sees an eye looking back at her, she screams and turns to run but slips in puddle of blood and knocks herself out as she falls.

We flash forward 14 years to the present. Acting student Claire (Meghan Ory) wakes from a nightmare. She discusses her nightmares with her psychiatrist who raises the subject of her traumatic childhood experiences in the Garrode house. He asks if she has visited the house, but Claire says she too afraid. The psychiatrist just leaves it at that, no suggestion that he visit the house with her.

At her acting class they are all doing an acting exercise when they are interrupted by Wilston Rey (Jeffrey Combs), a horror house creator who makes a big entrance and offers them jobs at his latest horror attraction acting as performers. They all act a bit snooty at this offer but then he mentions that it is at the Garrode house. He needs actors in a hurry because he is giving a special preview of the house to two journalists. Claire right away sees her chance to visit the Garrode house in the company of her friends and talks her classmates into taking the jobs.

Her classmates are the standard pack of shallow stereotypes of horror film victims: Ariel (Bevin Prince) is blonde, attractive and a bitch, who's jealous of Claire; Rudy (Matt Cohen) is hunky but bit of a dick, and he fancies Claire; Eldon (Danso Gordon) is the black guy and is also cultured and nerdy and may as well have a bullseye on his forehead; Lily (Shelly Cole) is the goth girl who mopes about whining; Bruce (Ryan Melander) is the immature joker.

At the Garrode house Rey introduces the actors to head usher Moreton (Scott Whyte) and Samantha (Meghan Maureen McDonough) the designer and takes them around the house and introduces them to the magical holograms that seem to have been created by technology stolen by Weyoun from Starfleet and brought back in time through some sort of temporal anomaly*. They are suitably impressed by the technology that is being run by Harris the whingeing nerd that Rey keeps locked in the basement. While they are being shown the computer centre Claire sees the ghostly image of the dead foster children gathered around the furnace in the corner of the basement.

After the tour they are sent to get ready for the journalists' preview. In her room Claire has a vision in the dressing table mirror of Garrode brutally punishing a little boy and is shocked out of her vision when Garrode turns to look directly at her and shouts "What are you looking at?"

Once they are ready Rey gives them a flowery, well-rehearsed pep talk on the philosophy and art of scaring people. Meanwhile Garrode's spirit somehow invades the computer system with a lot of cheesy graphics and a lot wild-haired manic laughter from Garrode. This scene is just rubbish and it is not creepy or horrific at all. Harris is killed when a monitor blows up in his face.

Claire is in charge of taking the journalists around the house with Moreton accompanying them. Moreton leads them to the Corridor of Blood and a holographic wraith with long fingernails lurches toward and him stabs him in the chest. To his shock he realises he really has been stabbed and he dies. Claire almost believes it was real but when she looks back and his body is gone she is convinced it was all an act and she continues the tour

The film continues with Garrode using the holograms to kill everyone of one at time. This would have been quite good but it all happens in a rush and there is really more of a mad dash that a build-up of tension.

I like Jeffrey Combs and I did his like his performance as Walston Rey which calls for really over the top hammy showman. Diane Sallinger is really scary as the psycho religious nut with her shock of unkempt red hair. The rest of the cast are passable. What I wasn't too keen on was the script itself . Most of the characters are barely written at all. Why did Samantha have to be a predatory lesbian? It didn't really make difference to the story except to irritate so I am curious. There is a twist of sorts at the end but it is so meaningless and inconsequential I wonder why they bothered. The effects were okay if a bit obviously CGI but that dumb cheap-looking computer possession scene was poor. It's all right but not really scary apart from couple of jump scares

*These are references to the Star Trek Deep Space Nine where Jeffrey Combs played an alien called Weyoun.

Rating 6/10

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Could be worse....?

Author: natattack129 from United States
1 December 2010

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This movie was successful in being creepy. Anytime you take innocent children into account that's not so hard to do. The acting was a bit over done. And I did notice one hilarious mistake. When Paula Clark falls down the stairs, the guy runs to her and refers to her as "Miss Cummings". Which is the actresses last name. Ooooopsy! Also tends to get a little confusing towards the end. All along you think you know whats happening. Then you find out the main character is not who you think she was. The haunted house looks like a lot of fun though. Wish there were some more like it. Without the holograms that come to life and kill you of course. I give this movie props for taking on some heavy subject matter. Religious fanatics, torture of children, murder of children. I also love how they incorporate the iron maiden. All together, not totally horrifying, but a good scare. And yes, it could indeed be worse!

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She's still out there!

Author: Ben Larson from Leesburg, FL
25 March 2011

Sometimes life opens a door for you. You have to jump through when that happens. Claire (Megan Ory), as a young child witnessed the aftermath of a horrible massacre. To progress psychologically, she needs to face her demons, but she is, of course afraid.

In an acting class, an opportunity presents itself to return to the infamous house with a small crowd along. Of course, things are not always what they seem at first.

Using holographic illusions, the Darrode House is to be turned into a horror attraction - The Dark House by Walston (Jeffrey Combs of Reanimator films).

Diane Salinger of Rest Stop fame is Ms. Darrode, the religious wacko that committed the horrible crimes, and she is fantastic.

Samantha (Meghan Maureen McDonough) just wants to hook up with the luscious blonde Ariel (Bevin Prince).

Needless to say, the house takes over and the attraction becomes real. Blood and gore to follow.

Makeup was excellent. Ending was great.

If you liked House On Haunted Hill or 13 Ghosts, you'll find this film worth the time invested.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Daft House

Author: Seb from United Kingdom
23 September 2010

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I just couldn't believe how poor this movie was! The description sounded good and it's got positive reviews and even won an award. I honestly had to double check I'd got the right movie.

First off the acting, it's terrible except for the mad hag who is OK. These characters are supposedly drawn from "an advanced acting class" if you can believe that. Imagine what the basic acting class would have been like.

The plot is ridiculous and so incoherent that it requires two previously unseen characters at the end to explain it, and then throws in a twist that's just pointless.

The computer malfunction is especially bad. You keep getting shots of it with various warnings like firewall breached, virus detected, malfunction, accidentally installed Vista etc - we get it! On top of all that this film wouldn't scare a five year old. You could take the basic idea of people working in a haunted house being picked off and make a really good scary movie, it's a shame they didn't have the skill to do it.

Thinly sketched characters you don't care about, lame jump shocks with loud noises, incoherent plot, crappy acting and no real tension..yep, it's a modern horror movie!

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Exceptionally poor script and direction

Author: rogue719 from United States
25 November 2011

Awful movie. What's worse, it's so bad you can't make much of a judgment about the cast other than how pretty they are.

The setup is basic haunted house horror. As a child, Claire entered the Darrode House, saw something terrifying, passed out and for years since has been haunted with horrifying nightmares. As a young wannabe actor, she refuses to take medications that cut her off from her feelings. Her acting class runs an exercise of no value other than to give the audience a thumbnail stereotype of each character and then we get the horror-meister who wants to setup a reality/horror type show in the old Darrode House. Claire jumps at the chance to face her fears, buttressed by a crowd of people she knows and talks them into becoming the cast for the new show.

What follows is the most ridiculous, contrived horror-schlock that has nothing to do with the setup, no rising action, just scene after scene of hellish horror with no real context.

This was so bad that I couldn't make it through the whole thing. Not frightening and not even titillating enough to put up with how horrible it is as a motion picture. About halfway through my wife and I finally gave up on it. it's so bad that were I to have gone to see it in a walk-in theater, I would have walked out.

Someone PLEASE stop Darin Scott before he writes and directs again! Or get him some classes in screen writing and directing and a decent mentor?

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

I love this type of film

Author: spikemaze from Denmark
20 November 2011

This is an example of a classic, entertaining horror movie. And who better to star in it than Jeffrey Combs? He's one of the best horror actors out there and is greatly underrated.

A little girl witness a massacre and 14 years later takes the advice from her therapist to visit the house once again. It is now a commercial horror house. But of course everything doesn't go as planned.

Tired of horror movies that never really shows a thing and only run on atmospheric tension? Or of movies pretending to be horror when it's actually a thriller? This movie goes back to the good old-fashioned horror. You'll be entertained. You'll laugh, you'll be scared and you'll want more.

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Author: princetheja
8 December 2009

Shot in just 18 days, Dark House looks, sounds and feels a lot better than the majority of studio horror films I see in any given year. I have a few minor quibbles (some unnecessarily unflattering / ageing lighting on the young women, plus a padded climax that softens the existing impact of a certain revelation) but overall, I've got to say this movie delivers on every expected level. Those representing Good (Claire) and Evil (Mrs. Darrode) are excellent and the actors deserve all due credit, but the standouts in supporting roles are definitely Combs, Whyte, and Cole. Each of them adds depth and texture to characters that could easily come across cardboard. Combs chews scenery, but he does it with rakish, fun-loving panache; Whyte is encumbered with costume, affectation and accoutrement, but his indisputable spirit shines through; and Cole plays the stereotypical gloomy goth girl with droll wit and intelligence.

If you enjoy old-fashioned haunted house flicks with plenty of snarky humor, unabashed boo-scares, and grand guignol gore, step into Dark House.

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