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The Houses October Built (2014)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 10 October 2014 (USA)
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The Houses October Built is a movie starring Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, and Bobby Roe. Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip looking for the ultimate haunted house attraction.

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Credited cast:
... Brandy
... Zack
... Bobby
... Mikey
Jeff Larson ... Jeff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tansy Alexander ... Trannyotomy
Bob Ballou ... News Anchor
Robert Benjamin ... Off Duty Clown
Kahl Brice ... Head Clown
Laura Buono ... Skeleton Crew
Bart Butler ... Haunt House Clown in Alley
Amber Campisi ... Amber
... Porcelain
Donald Dantzler ... Campfire Man
Josephine Duran ... Child in Haunt
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Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them... Written by PR

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In the search for the most extreme haunt, the haunt found them.

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At one point on the road someone asks: 'has a zombie ever fired a gun in the history of cinema?'. Mike replies "no", but the truth is George Romero incorporated at least two instances of gun-toting zombies in his films: The first was 'Day of the Dead' (1985) where the now-famous zombie Bub is the first zombie to ever hold and fire a gun. The second instance was 'Land of the Dead' (2005), where there are multiple zombies using an assortment of firearms. See more »

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The characters state that in no point in film history has a zombie fired a gun. In George Romero's Land of the Dead, a zombie does indeed fire a gun. If the characters were the horror fans they claim to be, they would have known that. See more »

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Zack: As many haunts as we can, all across America.
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References Almost Famous (2000) See more »

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Good but imperfect, one for genre fans
2 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Five hard drinking friends go on a booze-fuelled roadtrip looking for the most extreme haunted house experience America's backcountry has to offer. It's actually a fantastic premise as the film-makers are able to play with loads of creepy imagery, ratcheting up the tension without shooting their bolt too soon. The assumption is that none of it is real, but underlying these visits is the tension that... what if they aren't? For a low-budget film the acting and the script is really good. Found footage always benefits from believable characters exchanging natural dialogue, which is what you get here without a doubt. Some of the back and forth is actually pretty funny and at times I found myself chuckling along; which I think is a good thing in a horror film as it builds a rapport between the viewer and characters, which draws you into their world. It's a pretty slow film all told and the last act spoiled the build up for me, leaving me rather unsatisfied.

Was I sad I watched it though? Hell no! This film is all about the tension and the imagery. The uncertainty, the questioning of what's real and what isn't. It isn't perfect, but with a few simple tweaks and a better ending, it could have been. If you like horror and you like found footage, this film will totally entertain you. If you liked the trailer and you're sitting on the fence, get off that fence and stick it on. It gets more right than wrong, some of the scenes are so downright creepy they'll be knocking around in my psyche for some time to come.


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