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The House On Mansfield Street (2018) – Movie Review

The House On Mansfield Street (2018) - Movie Review

This film is late getting up on the site due to it being a bit of a ‘double take’ from my side of the fence. I did initially try watching it late one night about a month back, but one of the early scenes in the movie put me right off…and I wasn’t in the mood for sitting through shite!

Anyway, it’s s scene recorded in a car, where the filmmaker has obviously dubbed over the audio lines later on (i.e. after the car scenes were shot).

Not the end of the world – but on that particular night…it got on my nerves.

It was left up to one of you lot yet again (I can’t remember who?), to remind me about it’s existence…

The Plot

Nick Greene is a documentary filmmaker recording his move from London to a smaller city. As he films his life he starts to notice paranormal activity in his new house and a possible demonic presence. The House on Mansfield Street is a chilling found footage to keep you awake at night.

A £300 Version of Paranormal Activity

Seriously – that’s the budget behind this movie, £300 (that’s just under $400!).

Now, I’m not having a go, if anything the low budget is a plus point on the film, and the filmmaker (Richard Mansfield) should be commended for his effort.

It’s just important to point out that this movie is yet another low, low budget version of Paranormal Activity.

It does try and go it’s own directions now and again, and some of the ideas are really quite cool, but I couldn’t really shake the feeling of the PA franchise looming in the background.

Conclusion

Well, it’s a British film, so you know you’re not going to get a shit-heap put together by a bunch of spoiled film students from LA. It does have that sort of dark and cloudy undertone that most UK-based Found Footage movies carry.

I kinda like the way Richard Mansfield got a little adventurous with the plot, and tried to throw a kind of “what was all that about?” vibe into the conclusion of the movie (no spoilers – so I can’t go any further on that point!).

For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of cinematography throughout the film…except for the car journey scene early on, of course!

I kinda got the feeling the movie would do really well if they had opted to release it on YouTube instead of going for the big bucks. It’s got that aura around it, and I feel it would have got a much better reaction if it had been handed out in the ‘cheap seats’ instead of a full big boy release.

Anyway, that didn’t happen, so it has to be judged against it’s peers!

The acting was pretty decent, not really that many cardboard moments where you can tell they’re ad libbing to make up the movie run time. The plot was decent as well…although certain elements and directions reminded me of the third Paranormal Activity offering.

All in all – not too bad.

The low budget has obviously hampered some of the good ideas thrown into the movie – but £300 is £300 at the end of the day!

I did like the way the main the protagonist is your typical English twat (I’m Welsh, can’t you tell?). This unlikable, almost posh quality to his character means that many of the viewers will enjoy watching his ‘demise’, and get a bit of fun out of it!

So…is it worth watching?

Yeah, I’d say so. Just don’t expect too much when you go into it.

Chris

14 Comments

  1. Right on with The House On Mansfiield Road review. I can see a lot of found footage heads getting bored unfortunately real fast. I happened upon it on the perfect night to watch it though. Fully awake and in the mood for a claustrophobic one man show. There was definitely a thick goey ominous atmosphere shrouding the entire movie. Obviously not American made. It takes a special knowledge to create such a shadow of doom. Wasn’t my favorite. Will I visit it again sometime. Ya. Probably.

    • Yeah -‘one man show’ is probably the best way to describe it Howard. Not that bad overall, better than the shit I had to post here today (aka Panteon Woods)

  2. I’m happy to have stumbled on your site. You have some great movies to check out here. I’m always looking for a good indie movie since mainstream movies are so predictable. The House On Mansfield Street sounds interesting especially since their budget was so low. I’m interested to see how they pulled it off. I’ll give it a go on a night in. 

    • Hi there Celeste – nice to meet you!

      Welcome to the site and I hope you get good use out of it (enjoy the movie!)

  3. I love the way you use the words dark and cloudy undertones as typically British. That is so true of British films, but never quite found the words to describe it. 

    Reading this review and the comments has gotten me interested enough to make the effort to go out and get this movie to watch. Especially when you said that it only had a 300 pound budget.  And I always find the paranormal interesting.  

  4. Oh, another low low budget film. I mean it’s amazing someone can make a film with only 300 pounds but it does put a lot of strings on the quality. I have sit through several of them and I’m not really impressed. After reading your review, I suspect The House On Mansfield Road would be the same disappointment to me. I think these low budget film makers are heading to the wrong directions. The one and only advantage of low budget film is the freedom of idea. However, many of them are just copy catting ideas from big production and try to make it on budget. Honestly, where is the comparative advantage of that? 

    I don’t mean to rant, just my two cents on the topic. Appreciate the review and thanks for sharing.

    • Well that’s alright – it is your opinion after all Wei…

      But you do know that at least 95% of Found Footage films are considered low budget, right?

  5. I know the feeling of starting a movie and then something throws you off and you stop watching. I’m a BIG fan of the Paranormal Activity series, but I would have my doubts in seeing a $300 knock off…

    But after reading your review, maybe I should check it out. As Brittish horror is generally much darker than Hollywood horror, I’m getting curious how this one plays out… Any streaming services who offer this one?

  6. Hi there,

    The film is not that bad considering that it is a low budget film, but the acting was decent enough and also the light was decent too. I could say that it’s somehow very creepy and it’s decent horror genre movie. If you are into found footage type of film viewer you’ll definitely like this. Well it’s worth my time watching.

    • Okay Glenda cool – really glad you enjoyed it (check out the other films we’ve covered here!)

  7. Hey there, 

    I am a huge fan of Paranormal Activity and I am always on the look for new and exciting PA spin offs, and I’m very glad that I have stumbled across your awesome website Chris! 

    Thanks for Your honest opinion and detailed review, great job! I am very enthusiastic to learn and discover for myself which route does ”The House On Mansfield Street” takes and how well it can portray this feeling and atmosphere of constant intrigue, pressure and excitement that Paranormal Activity is so good at delivering! Keep up the good work!

    • Great to have you here Evald – glad you found the site and glad you enjoyed the review! 🙂

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