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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven cans of stew sitting on the shelf...
House Hunting (AKA: The Wrong House) is written and directed by Eric Hurt. It stars Marc Singer, Art LaFleur, Hayley Dumond, Janey Gioiosa, Paul McGill, Rebeka Kennedy and Victoria Vance. Music is by Jason Lewis and Cody James and cinematography by Todd Free (Eric Hurt as well).

Two families with "issues" are out searching for a new home and are drawn to an...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow
Although suspense was kept throughout the film and the mystery of the movie was rather interesting, i felt that the acting was wooden and unrealistic and the whole movie suffered from poor pacing. It is a movie that you could enjoy with friends on a night, however I personally wouldn't watch this movie again.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven cans of stew sitting on the shelf..., 27 April 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Wrong House [DVD] (DVD)
House Hunting (AKA: The Wrong House) is written and directed by Eric Hurt. It stars Marc Singer, Art LaFleur, Hayley Dumond, Janey Gioiosa, Paul McGill, Rebeka Kennedy and Victoria Vance. Music is by Jason Lewis and Cody James and cinematography by Todd Free (Eric Hurt as well).

Two families with "issues" are out searching for a new home and are drawn to an isolated farmhouse out in the sticks. Upon arrival it soon becomes clear that something is not right, more so when when they rescue a fleeing girl whose tongue appears to have been cut out. Desperately trying to get away from the house, the families find that no matter which way they drive, they always end up back at the house...

Some on line sites have the film listed as a thriller, this is a mistake, House Hunting is definitely a horror movie, in fact it's a worthy 18 certificate in the UK. It's a film that has slipped under the radar somewhat and is far better than its unknown standing hints at. On one proviso, mind!

It isn't a spoiler to say that this is in keeping with the sub-genre of horror that uses a Twilight Zone type mystery at its core, since it's revealed very early on that these families are in some sort of purgatory. Similar films to this would be Dead End and Triangle, so if that type of repeat "WTF is going on?" formula is your thing then this is well worth taking a peak at.

It's never a terrifying film, one to make you jump out of your seats at regular intervals, and even though there is some serious blood moments, gore hounds are unlikely to be praising this from the roof tops for fulfilling their blood induced hunger. But it has a wonderfully eerie vibe to it, a sense of doom that director Hurt enhances with close up filming and oblique angles, while the continuing presence of spectral beings, their reasons for haunting keeping the mystery element strong, ensures there's edginess in the plotting.

The acting is decent for this type of production, as is the tech credits elsewhere. This is a well crafted horror mystery picture. True, Hurt leans heavily on influences, with a bit of Agatha Christie, a bit of The Machinist and a bit taken from films like the ones mentioned earlier, meaning it's not exactly ripe with freshness. However, Hurt has put his own spin on the formula and thankfully his finale is suitably rewarding.

As horror continues to eat itself with a ream of remakes and sequels, it's nice to see little known horror film makers at least trying to make a new mark. This is worthy of support so give it a chance and you may be as pleasantly surprised as I was. 7/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, 4 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Wrong House [DVD] (DVD)
Although suspense was kept throughout the film and the mystery of the movie was rather interesting, i felt that the acting was wooden and unrealistic and the whole movie suffered from poor pacing. It is a movie that you could enjoy with friends on a night, however I personally wouldn't watch this movie again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low budget, but decent little horror, 25 April 2013
This review is from: The Wrong House [DVD] (DVD)
The lack or budget is apparent from the off: no real special effects, no great sets and no big name actors (unless you remember the eighties sci-fi show `V' or Beastmaster, in which case you'll recognise the aged Marc Singer).

It centres on two families who both decide to look at the same house on the same day. They're both thinking of buying it. However, once they get there, they find they can't get out.

What follows are the typical revelations about their pasts and motives, plus the odd chopping up of various cast members and the obligatory creepy kid who seems to turn up in every modern horror film.

Based on its budget, it's not that bad. Or at least it could have been much worse. If you're into horror films and aren't looking for anything that's too much of a classic, you could do worse than watch this for an hour and a half. The cast put everything they have into their parts and this is a rare high among the sea of straight-to-DVD B-movies you find out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Anyone for stew?, 6 May 2014
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Two completely different families are house hunting and end up viewing the same property together - a deserted farmhouse. Except this rural house is not just any property. Not long after arriving the families are forced to rescue a mysterious girl. Attempting to take her to hospital they discover they can't leave the grounds of the property - they're trapped in purgatory.

In conclusion, this film isn't that good. On the plus side the actors are suitable enough. However the special effects (of which there aren't many) are poor. The film is quite slow and dissapoints the viewer by refusing to build up into anything particularly exciting. At times there are unintentional (but funny) moments of comedy. Altogether The Wrong House brings nothing of great value to this genre. As such it's only worth 2.5 stars. Finally the illustration on the cover art isn't the correct house either - never mind eh.

There are no Extras/Special Features.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A psychological ghost story without sense, 14 April 2013
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Will (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
Two 'house hunting' families end up at a house in the middle of some rural woodland area but find themselves unable to leave. Any attempt to do so will leave them right back to the house. We are told that only one family can remain before they can be allowed to leave and it is suggested that these people have somehow bought pain and suffering to the original owners hence why they cannot leave. They are fed by a continuous supply of food tins appearing every day in the kitchen.

Interesting idea but that's about it. Straight away we get to witness the abysmal acting and characters who seem nonplussed that some strange force is keeping them all from leaving. They spend a whole day driving around trying to leave but ending up right back at the house. It doesn't seem to bother them that much so they just decide to stay the night before we get a 'one month later' message. Why we get that message is beyond me as they all act like it is the second night anyway.

In the middle of all this we have a girl whose tongue is cut out. She is from one of the previous families who viewed the house. She knows but can't explain what is going on and it seems pens don't exist so she can't write anything down either. And pens aside, she can't even show them apparently. It's beyond stupid.

This is a difficult film to review without spoilers but the characters in this are absurd. They become something they aren't for the sake of the script and it just isn't believable. When one of them does figure out a way to leave (and does), what does he do? He goes back to the house like you would...Anyway when he gets there and the rest of them know he has found a way to leave, they leave right? No, they stay, the only reason being to prolong the story. And to be honest the whole solution to leaving would have been the first thing I would have tried anyway.

Then we have the ending which is just cop out and makes absolutely no sense to the original story.

Even if you suspend all disbelief it is hard to enjoy this film. A good idea just poorly executed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ALL ROADS LEAD TO HOME, 16 May 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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Two families go look at a house. Charlie (Marc Singer) a banker, is there with his new wife Susan (Hayley DuMond) and teen daughter Emmy (Janey Gioiosa). Emmy of course, doesn't get along with her step mom. The second family is a bit more down to earth. Don (Art LaFleur) and Leslie (Victoria Vance) have a son Jason (Paul McGill) about Emmy's age. He has one leg in a brace, but his other two legs are working fine.

As you can tell by the trailer or write up, the home doesn't let them go. As it turns out they all have their dirty little secrets which come back to haunt them. The film develops slowly as you are unsure what is happening. Are they already dead? Is this a descent into madness (aka "Yellow Brick Road") or just a simple haunting? Or combination?

The problem is that they put too much into the film that when it came time to bring it home, sort of speak, that boredom started setting it. They needed to make the important end scenes as mysterious as the rest of the film. Some of the internal conflict seemed overdone. I understand it was because of the various secrets people had, in order to make the film work cleverly...and it did. But the actors couldn't do it, they were boring.

Worth a rental, considering what is at Redbox.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Attempted rape.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad little film, 8 April 2013
This review is from: The Wrong House [DVD] (DVD)
pleasantly surprised when i watched this, starts out like a ordinary horror film, a teenage girl running through the woods. after the opening credits two families go to look at the same house, on the way out one family finds the teenager who has had her tongue removed, trying to get her help, the drive around only to keep coming back to the house. then on the nightmare begins, as truth is told and insanity begins. some really good twists which i wont ruin for anyone, a nice little ending and what horror film aint complete without a creepy looking kid
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT INDIE HORROR!!, 26 April 2013
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This review is from: The Wrong House [DVD] (DVD)
Didn't know what to expect when picking this up. Standard Haunted House / Slasher film ?? I was really pleasantly surprised to find it much more than that. The film was well made & moved along at a great pace, building tension right the way through. The acting is excellent. this is not a particularly known cast 7 so often in these indie horrors the acting can let down a good story, however in this case it's quite the opposite. If anything they make this film. The interactions between the families as they realise that only one of them could possibly survive is top notch acting. Loved this film & cannot recommend it highly enough
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars yawn yawn, 12 May 2013
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below average horror film. I barely made it to the end before switching off. Too slow. not recommended. rubbish garbage
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3.0 out of 5 stars this film is only for those who enjoy psychologically disturbing films, 4 July 2014
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P. Oberwarth "Uncle Bob" (Planet Earth) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Wrong House [DVD] (DVD)
I would probably rate this movie a 3.5 out of 5, as it captures your attention throughout, unlike a lot of horror films. However, this film is only for those who enjoy psychologically disturbing films, as it lacks horrific scenes of slaughter.

It is in a similar vein to the film 'Triangle', but not as good. Therefore, whilst I strongly recommend that cerebral viewers watch this film, it may be a slight anti-climax if you've already seen the aforementioned.
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