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In the House of Flies (2012)

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June 1988...Summer Was Never The Same. In the House of Flies tells the story of young lovers whose lives are inadvertently changed forever. An innocent couple, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and ... See full summary »

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Gabriel Carrer

Writer:

Angus McLellan
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Lindsay Smith ... Heather
Ryan Christopher Kotack ... Steven (as Ryan Kotack)
Henry Rollins ... The Voice
Ry Barrett ... Mr. Arm (as Ryan Barrett)
Tate Yap ... 80s Punk Kid 1
Tristen Yap Tristen Yap ... 80s Punk Kid 2
John Cross John Cross ... Engaged Couple
Susan Rice Susan Rice ... Engaged Couple
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June 1988...Summer Was Never The Same. In the House of Flies tells the story of young lovers whose lives are inadvertently changed forever. An innocent couple, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and Steve (Ryan Kotack) suddenly find themselves abducted. By whom? For what purpose? Alone, isolated and locked in an undisclosed, suburban basement, Heather and Steve find themselves pawns in a psychological, mind-game with their diabolical hosts. Surrounded by several mysterious and locked suitcases - each containing valuable clues to their very own survival - Heather and Steve must exploit what remains of their bruised intellect and depleting sanity, to escape the authority of their unidentified and brutal abductors (Henry Rollins, Ryan Barrett). From this day forward, summer was never the same. Written by Christian Burgess

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When asking for the combination for the last suitcase, Steven asks for the "last 4 numbers". All prior combos were 3 numbers, and the final combo was 3 numbers as well. See more »

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On The Loose
Written by Michael Sadler (uncredited)
Performed by Saga
from the album "Worlds Apart (1981)"
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My Review Of "In The House Of Flies"
13 November 2014 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

The story is a strong, well thought out situation that builds on a steady, tense chain of events framed by a claustrophobic, and hopeless setting. The acting is pretty tight, with most of the film's thrills coming from the situational reaction of the captive couple at the mercy of an unknown psychopath. The concept is pretty customary in modern horror with characters forced to play out the twisted games of a nightmarish persona. The overall effect of the drama, meant to cause chills and tension becomes slightly tedious over the course of the film, but the cast manages to create an uncomfortable, emotional atmosphere which allowed me to build a connection, and feel invested.

The special effects are subdued, limited practical effects that offer a mix of gore, and grit. The majority of "In The House Of Flies" effectiveness as a horror film comes from the cramped setting, creepy props, insects, and macabre atmosphere. These things are 90 percent of the films horror element, sometimes giving us chilly realness, other times remaining inert properties. The sound effects do offer up an extra dose of despair, which helps to create that suspenseful unease effect. I had no real complaints on that aspect of this film.

Overall "In The House Of Flies" fails to really be horrific, often the film becomes a bit boring. The slow pace, mild nature did little to thrill me. The drama, writing, and effects were pretty stellar for an indie micro-budget film like this. Carrer's shows real talent with "In The House Of Flies" but the lack of action, and real energy keeps the film from really excelling considering the concept. The ending is a bit underwhelming, considering the cool vibe created by the opening scenes. It would have been nice if Carrer would have finished with that level of energy considering how sedate the majority of the film tends to be.


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21 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,500, 11 May 2014

Gross USA:

$9,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,480
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2.35 : 1
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