I agree with the previous reviewer on a number of points, but not with his overall evaluation of "Cold Creek Manor":
(a) The story line is conventional and predictable. The 'false leads', a prime convention of the genre, are there, but they remain perfunctory and never succeed in creating 'alternative plots': the Pinskis appear suspicious in their normality, but their story is never developed. Even the guilty man himself fails to appear ambiguous, despite all the efforts.
(b) I also agree that for a film called after a house, you would expect the house to be a character in its own right. Again, there are gestures towards this direction, but they remain unvindicated. Nothing indeed derives from the house itself in terms of plot or theme. If one remembers the Shining, one sighs with exasperation.
The film, however, is saved by two things: first, the excellent performances by Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone, and, of course their young co-stars. Second, the fine metacinematical invention of a protagonist being a director himself, even if this had a lot of potential which remained untapped into.
Overall, "Cold Creek Manor" is nothing special, but it not overall worthless.