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The Hanover House (2014)
The house gets what the house wants...
OK, so there's a couple of things to mention here. Number 1, the name itself implies that this is going to be a haunted house picture and that is exactly what it is. Where as most haunted house pictures tend to remain true to their Victorian roots, keeping a rather stuffy disposition with "sophisticated" scares and intrigue, HH unapologetically delves much deeper and much darker than the usual fare. It truly does push the envelope in this cherished little sub genre thus making it an irreplaceable contribution to the lexicon. This movie is important, this movie sets precedent, this movie SHOULD be remembered. If you're reading this review right now and you haven't seen it, run don't walk to the nearest showing and/or netflix (eventually, I'm not sure if it's there yet... As of 05/11/14). Good performance by the legendary Anne Bobby. Why don't producers cast her more often? She's actually one of the few cult movie queens who can actually act! Very we'll shot, this movie will astound you: 10 out of 10 stars
The kitchen sink...plus bugs!!!
The way I see it, the only real risk against this flick is just how easily it can be taken for granted. It's so action packed that you might forget how funny it is. It's so funny that you might forget that's even got a little bit of heart. I heard about this flick 'cuz I guess it was made by one of the project greenlight guys from way back. Anyways, I saw it in the theater the other night and was blown away. I found out it's airing on the sci-fi channel this August, which is cool but you're probably not going to get the same experience as seeing it in the theater. You're best bet is to get it on DVD because the sci-fi channel is definitely going to have to edit some stuff out. It's got Ray Wise (Of Twin Peaks fame) in it who has all the charm and comedic timing as one of those classy silent movie stars. You can't help but smile when he's on the screen. It's also got that kid from Joan of Arcadia, not John Ritter's son but the chick's boyfriend.
A lot of the humor from this movie comes from it's effortless ability to reference it's own script and "call back". It does this with great ease and so when you're watching it, you feel like your in on a million "inside jokes". Some of the action is pretty funny too, though it's not quite "splatstick". You won't feel guilty for laughing when this one dude bounces out of the mouth of a giant flying mosquito. Even Wiley Coyote took a few hits for the all-American chuckle. There's a father son relationship that really develops and becomes warm without being too sentimental. And a love interest that seems real and down to earth. That's what kind of surprised me about this movie, just how unprentenious it was. I'm not saying I was expecting an art house flick with Giant Bugs but all the character development and dynamics were really ambitious.
Overall, I'm giving it ten out of ten stars simply because it's a fun flick and I think people should watch it.