A single mother and her mute, autistic son are terrorized by supernatural entities in this haunting story of love, loss and the occult.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramlah Frediani ...
Maddie (as Ramlah Yavar)
Charlie Koudsi ...
Keith Horchens
Diane Ibliss
Meth Addict
James Canino ...
Paul William Payne
Carl Crudup ...
Joe Washington - Homeless Man
Yosefa Forma ...
Judy Marcelline ...
Jenna Washington
Brody Thornsberry ...
Home Buyer Son
Jackie Smith ...
Home Buyer Mom
Jim Roof ...


Maddie Usher is the single mother of Jonah, a mute autistic boy who can only communicate through imagery. In an effort to change their quality of life, Maddie purchases an old house in the quiet suburbs. Upon moving into the empty dutch colonial, Jonah's demeanor completely changes. The young boy's behavior becomes violent and his savant-like skills at drawing reveal a preoccupation with the form of a terrifying, bald, naked man. Jonah's doctor insists it is simply the stress of moving into a new house yet this does little to ease Maddie's worries. Soon Maddie realizes the problem lay not within Jonah, but within the house itself.

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What happened to the horror...?
25 August 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Empty Rooms" is more of a drama than it is a horror movie. I wasn't fully aware of that when I sat down to watch this movie, so it was somewhat of a disappointing experience for me, as I had expected somewhat more scary from the movie.

The movie is about a single mom who moves to a new house with her autistic son. However, the boy is not fond of staying in the house and is drawing a strange, naked man. Soon things start to happen to the mom and the son starts hiding in the basement. It turns out that the house is not empty at all.

Storywise, then the horror in the movie was really tame and rather dull. In this aspect, the movie progressed in a really slow and dull pace, and the events taking place weren't really scary.

However, if you look at the movie from the drama aspect, the story dealing with a single mom's struggle to raise an autistic child by herself, then the story was actually good enough, it had potential, but it was initially worn thin and stampeded by the 'horror' element.

As far as the acting go, then people were really doing good jobs with their given roles and characters, and this is what makes the movie somewhat bearable to sit through.

The synopsis says: 'A single mother and her mute, autistic son are terrorized by supernatural entities in this haunting story of love, loss and the occult.' - if that was to be the case of the movie, then these entities had mightily physical manifestations. And you don't really believe them to be supernatural entities at all.

"Empty Rooms" receives a 4 out of 10 stars rating from me, given the acting and the drama part of the movie. I think the 'horror' element was an anchor weighing down the movie, because it was anything but scary or disturbing.

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