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The Open House (2018)
It Rings a Little Hollow
I've never written a review before - no matter how much I loved or hated a movie but I feel compelled here. Bear with me.
It's not a bad movie, not really. There's some great elements - the acting in particular from Minnette and Dalton. ((spoiler)) The former really pulled at my heart strings and I genuinely was upset in his last scene - which I can't say I often feel for horror movie protagonists. They're sympathetic characters and while their goals aren't fully fleshed out, they've got a decent bit of depth to them. Their set up and the movie's first half are quite strong in that regard - on top of some decent cinematography and mood. The threads laid out there eventually fall flat, however.
So much seemed to be put out and then never picked back up. Why the constant preoccupation with the boiler over anything else? Why were the realtors so off? Why replace the glasses? What happened to the whole set up feeling "personal"? Martha in general and what happened to our olympic runner? It honestly did not feel "clever" that the movie didn't make use of moments (such as Logan getting sick or Naomi blaming his father for their situation OR harrassing the mother-son duo on the same level as some vapid teenagers playing ding-dong-ditch), just empty. I think it would have been neat to have it edge into weird towny territory, which could have filled out some of those connections. I may be biased, admittedly because ((spoiler)) I'm pretty tired of horror movies with empty connections between victim and assailant. It doesn't feel scary anymore to know "it could happen to you," just unsatisfying as a viewer... but that's just me.
Overall, not an awful watch but if you're looking for something to really sink your teeth into, I'd look elsewhere.
Also, as a contact/glasses user, there's no way he could have taken those out of Logan's eyes so smoothly. I call bull on that one. Anyway, thanks for reading!