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Treehouse (2014)

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A teenage boy discovers the perpetrators of several brutal kidnappings in his home town.

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Michael G. Bartlett (as Michael Bartlett)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dana Melanie ... Elizabeth
Clint James ... Killian's father
J. Michael Trautmann J. Michael Trautmann ... Killian
Daniel Fredrick Daniel Fredrick ... Crawford
Victoria Spencer Smith ... Killian's mom
Shannon Knopke Shannon Knopke ... Marsha
Darren Kennedy ... Officer Morgan
Elaine Jenkins Elaine Jenkins ... Alicia
Nathan L. Henderson ... Coach Reynolds
Jake Gregory Jake Gregory ... Little Bob
Caleb Cox Caleb Cox ... Tyler
Chance Nichols Chance Nichols ... Geminski
Nick Herra Nick Herra ... The Tall One
Vincent Michael-Smith Vincent Michael-Smith ... The Small One
Mallory Malibu Waugh Mallory Malibu Waugh ... Betty (voice)
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Brothers, Killian and Crawford, find the hideout of deranged psychopaths terrorising the town in which they live. The psychopaths prey upon children and young adults as more and more go missing everyday. When finding a girl in the woods, Killian attempts to survive a night in the treehouse in which she has taken shelter. But can he get them both back to the town without being caught?

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Baumhaus See more »

Filming Locations:

Taneyville, Missouri, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,250,000, 16 January 2014
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Aunt Max Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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I worked on the music and sound design for this film. One interesting sound was the squeaking of wet bike brakes recorded on the porch of the recording studio on the island of Lanzarote where I was working. Also featured is a multi tracked Erhu which is a Chinese two stringed violin type instrument. See more »

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Chilling dramatic thriller, a little average but def don't watch for classic 'horror'
21 October 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

More psychological and dramatic thriller than a horror film, Treehouse is a low-budget and small film making success even if it stumbles at its conclusion.

Two teenaged brothers stumble upon an abandoned treehouse while breaking town curfew in the middle of a desolate forest in an isolated part in the middle of the country.

In Treehouse, the town is on high alert and a strictly enforced curfew when a brother and sister go missing from their home and foul play is suspected. When they find the missing girl hiding up in the treehouse the teens sense something is seriously wrong. One goes for help while the other stands watch, unknowingly putting himself at risk of what lurks hunting in the shadows of the woods.

Alex Child and Miles Harrington smartly cultivate a believable story that is originally done. Actions and events that unfold around the main characters, portrayed by Dana Melanie and J. Michael Trautmann, are thoughtful and attempt to be as practical as possible so as not to distract the viewer from the crafted ambiance. Everything about the film is a deliberate decision to increase plausibility from the setting to the usage of birth order inherently in the characters' personalities to the use of dream induced flashbacks.

Treehouse Director Michael Bartlett should be proud of the menacing mood he is able to create through austere open shots and expert manipulation and utilization of light when creating the atmosphere. Original composition and music selection from Richard Wells is stellar and complementary with the film, not once exaggerating the tone.

The one complaint I have with Treehouse is the incredibly lame final dialogue. The dialogue was not great for most of the film and the actors did commendably well for their age though a below-average performance overall considering the material. Treehouse ends on a sour note that is illogical, implausible and confounding – not a devastating decision just a sigh-inducing one.

Treehouse is definitely a small and independently made film that should be commended for its success and not criticized for being improperly labeled as a horror.

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