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The Scarehouse (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 13 January 2016 (USA)
Two years after a tragic accident, six college girls are invited to a party inside an elaborate Halloween funhouse. Once inside, the girls realize their hosts' intentions are not all fun and games.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Booth ... Corey Peters
Kimberly-Sue Murray ... Elaina Forrester
Katherine Barrell ... Jaqueline Gill
Dani Barker ... Emily Lewis
Teagan Vincze ... Shelby Hickman
Emily Alatalo ... Katrina Larson
Jennifer Miller ... Lisa Jenner
Ivana Kingston ... Caitlin Bowden (as Ivana Stojanovic)
Brad Everett ... Brandon Philips
Jack Ettlinger Jack Ettlinger ... Tom Gignac
Alex Harrouch ... Stu
Jonathan Dubsky ... Billy
Sean Kaufmann Sean Kaufmann ... Reg White
Julie Williams Julie Williams ... Patricia Johnson
Tanya Bevan ... Carla Coyle
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Two years after a tragic accident, six college girls are invited to a party inside an elaborate Halloween funhouse. Once inside, the girls realize their hosts' intentions are not all fun and games.

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Really mean girls go all the way See more »

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Country:

Canada

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English

Release Date:

13 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дом ужасов See more »

Filming Locations:

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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CAD 200,000 (estimated)
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Jennifer Miller, who plays Lisa Jenner, was not originally cast in the role. Due to a scheduling conflict, the original actor had to drop out. Jennifer traveled by train from Montreal to Windsor, only reading the script on the train for the first time. She began filming the moment she arrived in order to avoid having the production fall behind schedule. See more »

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When the girls have Kat tied to a board, they both blow party favors at her. Then Corey takes it out of her mouth, but in the next shot it's back in, and she takes it out again. See more »

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Corey Peters: Are you still doing the big sweater thing? All bun, no meat!
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Non-scary revenge
9 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'The Scarehouse' drew me into seeing it, with a cool poster/cover, an slightly intriguing but very derivative premise and as someone with a general appreciation for horror. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there, made me though apprehensive.

It is sadly however yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws those films are present here, that to me was incredibly disappointing considering its potential which it doesn't do anywhere near enough with. 'The Scarehouse' is terrible, with a plethora of problems (huge ones too) and doesn't do enough with its potential, which was hardly small. There is next to nothing to recommend and it is a complete un-scary experience.

Lets start with the sole positive. The scenery is atmospheric and spooky.

Unfortunately, it is not done justice by the rather direct to video schlocky way it's shot and edited, it was very clear that the film was made in a rush with no care or enthusiasm.

Going on further to the negatives, the story does feel paper thin, disjointed and over-stretched and some of it feels vague, under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less scary. Too many characters are too sketchy and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates.

Making the film feel bland and forgettable with not enough heart put into it. The effects are ropy at best, the sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions) and it's best not mentioning the uniformly lumbering and histrionic acting.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling, with lots of clichés and no depth whatsoever, while the pace goes to a standstill very quickly and drags on forever with very little going on worth caring about, never recovering. Found too many the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the supposedly creepy atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Would not have minded the lack of originality (the film is extremely derivative and in a dumbed and watered down way) if the story and atmosphere were at least alright in execution, in reality they were both dreadfully done. Not to mention a whole novel's worth of inconsistencies and continuity errors.

A lot of 'The Scarehouse' has underdeveloped plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you jump or shocked are far from creative or scary and are pretty tame. The ending makes the film finish on an incomplete and confused whimper.

There is not enough threat here and what there is of it tends to be used poorly, it is completely unimaginative, very repetitive and more odd than creepy, completely failing to show any sense of horror and resorting to cheap typical horror tropes. Some badly sagging momentum too. The direction is leaden, inexperience seems to be all over the film, and the music doesn't really fit.

Concluding, near-irredeemably awful. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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