James Wan’s new horror tale, House of Horror, is one film I have been looking forward to for a while now. It was announced late last year that Wan would be producing the spooky tale, penned by newcomer Max Le Bella. We also told you that Dimension films were getting behind the film, and that The Divide and Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens would take the reins.
Unfortunately Gens has stepped out from the project, and the hunt is now on to find a replacement director. However, in better news, the gorgeous Maria Bello is in talks to take a role in the film. Although nothing is known of what particular role she would be playing, Bello would be a welcome actress to the film.
The House of Horror is a horror-thriller that centers around a gruesome crime scene. The film is shot with a blend of found footage, interrogation video, news cameras and classical cinematography. The film focuses on the aftermath of a horrific massacre; five college students, brutally murdered inside a decrepit, abandoned home.
We are thrown right into the mix as the lead Detective, Mark Lewis, and the police department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question a suspect. The young man at the center is John Ascot, bound by handcuffs in a mobile command station. During the interrogation, John explains everything leading up to the deaths of his friends.
We discover that they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house believed to be haunted. What started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying and more than they ever could bargain for. John explains to the police that he isn’t responsible for his friends’ deaths, but rather, it was the house. He tells them he believes the house is a gateway to hell; a place of concentrated evil.
We slowly witness an eerie change in John’s demeanor through the course of the movie. Things take a disturbing turn when John hints at the notion that he is possessed by the Devil. Detective Lewis and Dr. Klein are forced to unravel the mystery of how John’s friends were murdered. All this leads to a stunning revelation about the man they’ve been interrogating and a gut-wrenching conclusion.
By Matt Wavish