Why the fuck was this film even made?
I mean seriously – what member of the original filmmaking crew thought it would be a good idea to create a sequel that pisses all over the original plot, and quite simply ruins everything good the first outing had to offer?
Wow, how to destroy the reputation of a great Found Footage film with nothing more than pure greed.
To think I actually put The Houses October Built at number 5 on my Top Ten list – what an absolute tool I look right now!
So pissed off with this I feel like stopping the review right here and just printing one word on the page – SHAME!
Shame, shame, shame, shame, SHAME!
The Plot (If You Can Call It That!)
Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take ‘extreme haunt’ to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins.
Lost For Words…Other Than ‘Greed’
Yep, that’s the only conclusion I can arrive at I’m afraid – money talks guys, money talks!
Several of you contacted me this week sending me links to this film and that was pretty awesome – since you guys have started doing this it’s cut the amount of time I spend researching these films in half (which is a BIG help).
And man was I SO excited to see this title pop up online…but it has popped up on film sites suspiciously early…and I think I know why…
Yep, this film has probably done the rounds on the festival circuit for about 4 to 6 months, where horror fans of the original offering have had their chance to slate it…
And rightly so.
Very sad state of affairs really.
Okay, some great cinematography…and that’s about it!
I spent well over an hour checking my watch every five minutes to see how much longer I’d have to sit in front of this dour turd.
Absolutely NOTHING frightening about the film in any way, shape or form…which is baffling when you take into account how effective the first film was.
Some half decent minor-twists towards the end…but let’s face it…the plot was complete gob-shite to begin with so I’m grasping at straws here.
Acting was pretty good, like the first movie, but acting alone can do nothing to cover up an attempted money-cow of a movie.
I suppose I shouldn’t really be that surprised – how many times has a classic horror film been ruined by a dumb-ass sequel?
Too many time to mention really.
The thing that get’s me about this film is the complete lack of love put into it. I mean, surely Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe knew they were heading towards the dark side with this cardboard cutout of a film?
I kept on waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for ANYTHING to happen.
It never came.
God forbid they decide to make a trilogy out of this.
The Houses October Built is now a ‘dirty word’ in the Found Footage genre, and I for one, won’t be mentioning the franchise again.