THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT – Blu-ray Review
Sad that Halloween is long gone? Never fear (or do!) because The Houses October Built is finally hitting DVD/Blu-Ray to kick off the new year!
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…
This past October, the new film, The Houses October Built, was finally released digitally for the world to see. This film has gained a bit of attention just off of its trailers which featured a new face in horror. This girl…
Pretty freaky, huh? This built a base for The Houses October Built and made people interested while gaining buzz. I was so excited for this release because the movie’s premise is all about haunted houses and finding the scariest one. I, myself, always love watching documentary’s and shows based on haunted houses across America, but to make a movie out of it? It could work if done right. And I must say, it was.
The film starts off by showcasing different haunted houses across America, which are real, and makes for a pretty fun beginning. It’s like going through a haunted house without the crippling fear of being murdered by that mysteriously skinny Michael Myers. We’re introduced to each character and really get a feel for how each of them approach haunted houses. As the group tries their best to discover which haunted house is truly most terrifying, they soon realize the house has found. With lots of scares, and I don’t mean just all jump scares, The Houses October Built can be truly discomforting. Discovering that something as safe as a haunted house/trail/maze could be dangerous without your knowing? Terrifying. And now that it’s on Blu-Ray, the terror seems that much more real.
The Houses October Built offers lots of scares, frights, and just fun. People may find it’s lack of an ending without explanation a bit frustrating, but my only complaint would be the strip club scene. I’m not one for censorship, but that scene felt so odd and out of place. Other than that, I really enjoyed the film and it’s slowing pace to a ending that didn’t let down. Also, if you wish to make the movie, and all haunted houses, much scarier, make sure to check out all the bonus features on the Blu-Ray especially the original documentary which inspired this feature film.
Blu-Ray bonus features:
“Behind the screams” an inside like at the haunts
“Portraits of a scare artist” photo gallery
Cast Carvings by The Pumpkin Geek
“The Original Houses October Built”, the full length documentary that inspired the film