Notable Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Meghan Ory, Diane Salinger
After two years of sitting on my movie shelves, I felt it was high time to finally crack into Fangoria's FrightFest line up. I had only previously watched "Fragile," but I definitely felt the need to justify my acquisitions of this line up. So I started with the film starring Jeffrey Combs. I mean, the guy is a horror legend in his own right, so "Dark House" already had something going for it. The problem with this odd Halloween "haunted" house flick is that Jeffrey Combs is the only thing it has going for it and sans a few attempts at taking a new path with the genre - "Dark House" damn near fails at everything.
Claire (Ory) has been dealing with nightmares and reoccurring flashbacks from her childhood when she discovered the dead bodies of a slew of children at the hand of a crazed foster mother Miss Darrode (Salinger). When her acting group is offered a chance to perform just for short time as characters and guides in the old Darrode house, which has been converted into a high tech hologram infused haunted house for Halloween by eclectic businessman Walston (Combs), she decides to face her fears of the house. Unfortunately, the ghost of Miss Darrode still has a bone to pick with Claire and she now has a slew of killer holograms at her disposal.
|"I'm sorry. Cliche and overused are staying here."|
|Having Jeffrey Combs in a film doesn't make it good. It does mean that people like me will watch it though. It's a damn trick.|
Normally I'm willing to give a film the benefit of the doubt, but "Dark House" completely misses out on its concept and the execution is low bar at its best. The humor, the characters, the kills...all unoriginal and uninspired. There are plenty of unique takes on haunted house films and ones that are cliche but much better executed than "Dark House." I highly suggest one of those before this one.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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