Movie Review – House of Salem (2016)

House of Salem, 2016.

Directed by James Crow.

Starring Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, Liam Kelly, Leslie Mills, Robert Lowe, and Dean Maskell.


A gang kidnaps a young boy but instead of receiving a ransom they discover they are part of a satanic ritual.

Writer/director James Crow’s House of Salem is a film full of ideas and potential, melding together crime and horror in a story that really is a lot bigger than what you get to see on the screen. However, it is a potential that largely goes unrealised by the time the end credits roll despite some spirited attempts at recreating the off-kilter dread and sense of impending doom of fellow British genre movies like Kill List and The Wicker Man.

The setup is that a young boy named Josh is kidnapped by a masked gang, with a female member of the gang named Nancy (Jessica
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