Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti are amazing authors, and their book
'House' is still one of my favorite, and one of the (if not the)
scariest book I've ever read. The movie was... okay. The initial
problem I saw was the fact they tried to fit five-six hours of reading
into an hour and a half of film. After watching the movie, I also
realized that if you didn't read the book, you'd have absolutely NO
CLUE what was going on. None whatsoever. That's a problem. Because I
read the book, I was able to keep up with, generally, what was going
on, but the film did not do the fantastic book justice. But now onto
The acting was typical Christian-movie acting. There's an old saying in the Christian Film industry. 'We cannot take the able and make them faithful; we must take the faithful, and God will make them able.' This is no exception. The acting was second-rate, and sometimes not believable. The music was good, and the special effects were pretty great, too, but no 'A-movie' quality. The story, like I said, is non- sense and confusing to those who have not read the book.
Here's the bottom line. If you read the book, go see it. If you haven't, don't. You won't get anything from it.
In rural Alabama, two couples find themselves in a fight for survival. Running from a maniac (The Tin Man) bent on killing them, they flee deep into the woods and seek refuge in a house. They soon realize the killer has purposely lured them to this house and that they are now trapped. As they huddle around an old fireplace, a tin can falls through the chimney. Scrawled on its side is a message from the killer, establishing his House Rules. The rules call for their deaths unless they kill at least one of the four. They have less than 12 hours to find a way to survive. At sunrise the game is over and everyone dies if the killer's demands aren't met. What they quickly learn is that the only way out... is in. But going further into this house--where unknown challenges await them--is equally deadly.
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