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House of the Witch (2017)

A group of high-school kids set out to play a Halloween prank at an abandoned house, but once they enter they become victims of a demonic witch who has set her wrath upon them.

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Alex Merkin

Writer:

Neil Elman
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Credited cast:
Emily Bader ... Lana
Darren Mann ... Shane
Michelle Randolph ... Rachel
Coy Stewart ... Dax
Jesse Pepe ... Brody
Arden Belle ... Taylor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Balbo ... Girl
Nolan Bateman ... Lloyd
Joseph Curtis Callender ... Officer Wilson
Robert Gerding ... Diner Patron
Logan Greene ... Boy 2
Jules Hartley Jules Hartley ... Wendy Brady
Joel Nagle ... Karl
Paloma Paulin Paloma Paulin ... The Witch
Hunter Trammell ... Charlie Rice
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A group of high-school kids set out to play a Halloween prank at an abandoned house, but once they enter they become victims of a demonic witch who has set her wrath upon them.

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7 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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The house was old and 99% empty when production got there. EVERYTHING you see in this house was provided for by a tireless working Art Department led by Anthony Stabley. The only thing that wasn't brought in was the Wheel chair in that classic scene. That was there when production got there and it never moved it the whole time.. See more »

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Highly underrated and enjoyable killer witch effort
10 October 2017 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Looking for a place to party, a group of friends in a small-town searching for a Halloween party in an abandoned house finds the house occupied by a bloodthirsty witch intent on preying upon them for trespassing in her home and forcing them to find a way to escape.

This here wasn't that bad of an effort. One of the finer points here is the fact that this one takes advantage of the house which really looks quite eerie throughout here. The abandoned house is run through pretty much the entire list of clichés needed for a creepy, abandoned house and yet it still works here with the elaborate architecture, twisted design and generally playing around with reality that sets this one up for an extremely enjoyable first half. This does allow plenty of really enjoyable scenes here of the group wandering through the house with plenty of events not supposed to be happening occurring, from the photographs switching into more demonic visages, the growing facial disfigurement that one character experiences and all the different wandering around the house that causes them to come into contact with the witch in the different rooms. Once the action picks up with the ghost out tormenting the group, the action and intensity pick up to a considerable degree and the ferocity of the attacks makes for a great time overall with the finger gag in the mirror, the attack in the kitchen with the leftover food and the stand-out scenes down in the basement where her captives are being tortured and the exploits to free them give this some gruesome sequences. Likewise, the conditions she leaves her victims in, with boils on their face or wrinkled skin to the point of ripping upon contact give this an incredibly brutal edge which is quite surprising in the type of context shown here where it's all about the context of the release since this one is a rather gruesome tone that's really appreciated here. Coupled with some great revelations to be had in the finale for the witch's history and a creepy look for the central witch, this one really has a lot to like overall. It does have a few minor flaws here, which mostly comes from the CGI look to witch moving through the house that goes against the practical work featured elsewhere here. This is troubling since the practical work was a ton of fun and really sold the gruesomeness of this one, so to move it out for the lame CGI is a little troubling. The other issue is the somewhat troublesome inclusion of the hunt for the kids that gets employed in the final half which slows down the film at the wrong moment and doesn't really add much to the film interrupting it like it does. It does lower this one somewhat, but not enough to really hurt this one.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Language and some sexual antics.


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