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Dark House (2014)

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When Nick Di Santo learns that his father is not only alive but can possibly reveal the origin of his son's dark gift, he sets out on a trip that takes him to an abandoned mansion he thought only existed in his childhood imagination.

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Nick Di Santo
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Eve
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Ryan (as Anthony Rey Perez)
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Chris McCulluch
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Sam
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Lilian
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Seth
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Lucky
Tonya Carter ...
Asylum Nurse
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Brian Maker
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Scott
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Lee Knox
Tony Sanford ...
Ben
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Nick Di Santo has the gift to see how any person that he touches will dies. He visits his mother Lilian that is in an asylum since when he was eight years old and learns that his father is alive. Nick lives with his best friend Ryan and one day he meets Eve in a bar and he finds that he can touch her without any vision. Eve moves to Nick's apartment and soon she is pregnant. Out of the blue, Nick inherits an old house and he shows to Ryan and Eve that he used to draw that house since he was a child. They travel to the countryside but they do not find the manor. They decide to return home and they meet Chris McCulluch, Lilith and Sam that are measuring the area. They show the location of the house where Nick meets the strange Seth. They are hunted down by creepy creatures with axes but they flee. They decide to leave the place but the road leads them back to the mysterious house. What is the secret of the dark house and the creepy creatures? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Talk to the ventilation hole, 'cause the face isn't listening…
17 December 2015 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Regardless of what I think of writer/director Victor Salva as a person, I must admit that I really like most of his movies! Fact remains that Salva knows what frightens people. He made some unforgivable mistakes in the past, but really all the felonies that brought him in the news are not my business. My only interest goes out to his directing skills and I can safely say he's one of the few directors out there that approach the horror genre with the right attitude. "Clownhouse" is a very good (and underrated) 80s horror classic, "Nature of the Beast" is vintage 90s thriller material and I do most definitely rank "Jeepers Creepers" (parts I and II) among the best and most genuinely unsettling genre outings of the new millennium. Yes, seriously! I've been waiting for the third film in the series to get released for years now, but production apparently still hasn't started yet! Salva's name hence was my sole motivation to seek out "Dark House", which otherwise just looks like a passable and thirteen-in-dozen backwoods horror movie. This isn't Salva's best work by far, but it definitely still contains a handful of good story ideas, creative plot twists, macabre set pieces and grisly make-up effects. 23-year-old Nick Di Santo is blessed – or burdened – with the supernatural gift of being able to see other people's deaths when he touches them. Nick is also searching for the truth regarding his past, particularly who his father is and where do the recurring nightmares originate from. A traumatic visit to his mother in the asylum teaches Nick that he, in fact, owns a mysterious old house that has vanished in a flood. When he and his friends (including his 8-month-pregnant girlfriend) eventually discover the house, its entrance is blocked by a creepy hermit and an army of axe-wielding and dreadlocked monstrosities… Welcome home, Nick! There are quite a few plot aspects that initially seem strange and rather silly, like the recurring strange voice coming from basements through ventilation holes and frequent references towards Biblical myths as well as towards the number 23 (where have I seen that before…) but eventually they all do make sense. If there's one thing you have to hand to Victor Salva, it's his ability to bring new variations to old clichés (depiction on demons, paradoxes, deserted towns…) and his courage to insert shock-twists and unconventional endings. "Dark House" ("Haunted" is such an awfully mundane title…) contains a couple of nasty killings and bloody make-up effects, but overall I hoped it would have been gorier. Tobin Bell, also the co- producer, gives a good menacing performance and it was particularly a relief to see him in a different role than the tiresome and annoyingly arrogant Jigsaw character! "Dark House" is an enjoyable little side project, Mr. Salva, thank you for that, but now please pull yourself together and start filming "Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral"!


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