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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Movie Review

We watched Return to house on Haunted Hill over the weekend. This movie had outstanding special effects, plenty of gore and a storyline that will easily suck in most horror fans. If it wasn’t for one person’s horrible acting, this movie would’ve been superb. I won’t mention them by name (or by gender), but I found the poor performance to be almost distracting. Other than that, this movie rocked.

When the lone survivor of the original excursion to The House on Haunted Hill dies under suspicious circumstances, her sister returns to the foreboding mansion to solve the mystery of her sibling's death in the feature directorial debut of former make-up special effects artist Victor Garcia (Hellboy). Back in 1931, malevolent doctor Richard Vannacut and his entire staff at the hilltop asylum were killed when the patients revolted and set the institution ablaze. Ever since then, rumors have persisted that the spirits of those consumed in the inferno still haunt the hospital.

Those rumors seemed to be confirmed when, in 1999, billionaire Steven H. Price and his guests were viciously slaughtered in the refurbished mansion. Though the authorities officially blamed Price himself for the gruesome massacre, survivor Sarah Wolfe insists that there was indeed a supernatural element at play. Now, eight years have passed since that fateful night, and Sarah's sister Ariel - a successful editor at a popular men's fashion magazine - has just received word that Sarah has committed suicide. Immediately sensing foul play, Ariel's suspicions are confirmed when a strange book arrives in the mail shortly thereafter. Sent by Sarah just before she died, the book proves to be Vannacut's personal diary. According to the diary, which Ariel manages to translate with a little help from archeologist Richard Hammer, an ancient Baphomet idol is hidden somewhere deep within the sprawling estate.

In her last days, Sarah had become convinced that the idol was the source of the house's evil. Richard, too, shares this belief, and with the help of graduate students Michelle and Kyle he is determined to find the idol. But Ariel isn't about to go on a ghost hunt in the same mansion where so may atrocities have occurred, at least not until she is kidnapped by Desmond Niles and his vicious band of mercenaries. They too seek the Baphomet idol, and they too will soon discover why few people who venture into the former asylum ever come out alive.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



At 6:02 AM, Blogger lime said...

dontcha just hate that when you have a good story and then some talentless hack screws it up by displaying all the theatrical skill of a piece of the set?

At 6:04 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

lol, yep... or when the alternate between a decent performance and sounding as if they are reading directly from a cue card. :D

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Kelly Kirch said...

This sounds like a good'un. Guess I should see the first one though, huh?

At 7:16 AM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

It makes multiple references to the first one, so it sort of stands alone, but I would recommend you watch them in order. :D

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Breazy said...

I can't stand bad acting but I would like to see the movie. Maybe this weekend while my husband and I are at the beach we can rent it since the kids won't be around.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and I will be back next week!

At 12:03 PM, Blogger James Goodman, Author said...

You have a wonderful time at the beach. :D Stay safe, but have lots of fun and be sure to tell us all about it when you get back. :D


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