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House on Willow Street (2016)

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Unrated | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 24 March 2017 (USA)
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After a young woman is kidnapped, her captors soon come to realize that in fact they may be the ones in danger and this young woman has a dark secret inside her.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Hazel
... Katherine
... Ade
Gustav Gerdener ... James
... Mark
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dimitri Bajlanis ... Georgie (as Dimitri Bailanis)
Zelmia Bezuidenhout ... Hazel's Mom
Nicole De Klerk ... Sarah
Monica Ann Fourie ... James' Mom
Ashish Gangapersad ... Vatican Priest 1
Ter Hollmann ... Mr. Hudson
Gina Shmukler ... Mrs. Hudson
Mia Slabbert ... Young Hazel
Jonathan Taylor ... Vatican Priest 2
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For desperate petty crooks Hazel and her boyfriend Ade, kidnapping is their last chance to finally get a normal life. Their well-chosen target: a filthy rich diamond distributor's young and innocent daughter. For this reason, after six weeks of careful and meticulous planning, nothing seems to cloud the success of this obviously fast and easy job, after all, a hefty ransom of 300 carats of diamonds is a risk worth taking. Nevertheless, as right from the start, the ominous feeling that something is quite off is threatening to send Hazel's fail-proof plan down the drain, the unaware and helpless gang is bound to discover that the ancient evil of this world always lurks in the darkest of places. Written by Nick Riganas

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The scenes of the interior of the jewellery dealer's house were filmed at the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. See more »

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In the video recorded flashback, the priests speak of the Codex Vaticanus and mention that the House on Willow Street is a site of evil due to it being the furthest point away from the Vatican where the Codex is kept (illustrating the fact with an apple). This however is geographically incorrect - the geographic antipode from the Vatican is located deep in the South Pacific Ocean, East of both New Zealand and the International Date Line and far away from any landmass that the movie might be set in. See more »

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Hazel: Ade, trust me. It gets a lot worse than just a f@ckin' alarm system...
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A Nice Surprise Of A Horror Film
10 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is the kind of kick-in-the-pants the horror genre needed.

In a much-abused genre, it's difficult to add anything new so what writer and director Alastair Orr and co-writers Catherine Blackman and Jonathan Jordaan did was to change the situation and in doing so added a breath of fresh air to the genre.

Hazel, Ade, Mark, and James are habitual criminals in search of the elusive "Big Score". It's Hazel who has the idea to kidnap the daughter of her father's former partner. It was he who was responsible for her father losing his business while he gained all the power in the jewellery business.

Knowing there's a lot to be made the gang kidnap Katherine and take her to a warehouse to await her father paying the ransom. However, there's something wrong... Katherine's parents don't answer their phone or their cells... It's only when Ade and James return to the house that the mystery starts to reveal itself.

All the actors were respectable in their roles, though Carlyn Burchell as Katherine, Steven Jon Ward as Ade, and Zino Ventura as Mark were stronger in their portrayals. It was the story and the acting which made the movie for me as the direction was pretty average and didn't really add anything.

In fact, there was one scene that very nearly spoilt the entire movie for me and that was when the director decided to go slow motion to say look at my special effects aren't they nice(?) Who the hell uses slo-mo anymore(?) Then there was the decision to change a character's personality for the last segment of the film. Hazel, played strongly by Sharni Vinson suddenly becomes weak and continually scared. This makes her more like a stereotypical horror "Scream Queen". This happens so suddenly that I just stopped and wondered "What the Hell!?" There was no need for it and it weakened the story, character, and film. Bad Move.

There are also a few other minor inconsistencies that you may notice, though they don't hurt the film as much as the couple mentioned above.

Well worth a watch, even if it is only once. I may even watch this one again if it makes it onto any of the telly channels.


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