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House on Willow Street (2016)

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After a young woman is kidnapped, her captors soon come to realize that in fact they may be the ones in danger and this young woman has a dark secret inside her.

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For six weeks, Hazel, Ade, James, and Mark plot a plan to abduct Katherine, the daughter of a jewelry dealer. When they break in the house of the family on Willow Street, Ade sees cannibalistic symbols on her wardrobe. They put Katherine in the van and bring her to an abandoned facility. They chain Katherine in the basement and video-tape her. They send the video to her family and then call her father to ask for the ransom. They are not able to contact the father by phone so Ade and James drive to the house to talk to him. However they find Katherine's parents dead on their bed and two priests dead in the basement. Ade finds a couple of video tapes and he brings them back to their hideout. When they watch the video, they see that they have unleashed a demon and they are doomed to die. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From a House on Willow Street
25 May 2017 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The "criminals who become victims" concept has always been popular in horror cinema (Don't Breathe is a recent example I liked), and that might be because it adds an unexpected moral ambiguity which questions our perception regarding "good" and "evil" ones. And, on a more visceral sense, it creates an "instantaneous karma" sensation in which the criminals receive their punishment... even though we would like to see them escape sometimes). From a House on Willow Street follows that formula, but its main problem is that co-screenwriter Alaistar Orr (who is also the director), Jonathan Jordaan (sic) and Catherine Blackman reveal the kidnapped girl's secret too quickly, decreasing the tension and taking us through a prefabricated route which doesn't adequately exploit the "surprise factor". Besides, it's too obvious who the default "hero" (heroine, in this case) will be from the beginning; fortunately, that character is played by Sharni Vinson, whose work in horror cinema during the last 5 years (Bait, You're Next and Patrick: Evil Awakens) has made her become a versatile "scream queen" with an adequate emotional deepness. Vinson's scenic presence and credible reactions keep us moderately entertained despite the questionable narrative decisions and weak coincidences in which her character is involved. I will probably end up forgetting From a House on Willow Street as soon as I finish writing this review, but it didn't bore me, and I can give it a slight recommendation, mainly due to the gore and the presence of an actress whose affinity for the horror genre can rescue mediocre movies, such as... this one. We are still on time to redeem the "scream queen" term, and Vinson is one of the actresses capable of achieving it (other good alternatives: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Anya Taylor-Joy).


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