October 6, 2011 by Chris French
A while back I read and reviewed on this very site House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. It was an awesome book! There is one section that scared and surprised me so badly I actually jumped while sitting on my couch reading it! I don’t think that’s ever happened before.
So when I saw that the book had been turned into a movie I was super excited. The movie stars a cast you’ve never heard of before and is directed by an unknown director, but I was still kind of excited. So often Christian movies are so awful no one wants to watch them. Since Fireproof I think maybe that trend is changing. I’m also excited to see what comes from Courageous.
I think House has the potential to open up a new genre for Christian movies: horror/supernatural thriller. Jack and Stephanie lost their daughter in an accident last year and are now on their way to a counseling session in a last ditch effort to save their marriage. They get lost and end up having to stay overnight in a house, but nothing is as it seems in this house. There’s a killer playing a game with the two couples stuck in the house and they’ve got to play by his rules: kill one of the four newcomers by sunrise or they all die.
Without ruining the book or movie for you I’ll just say that most of the characters are how I pictured them with the exception of Stewart and Pete who are pictured as hulking figures in the book, but are puny little guys in the movie. I was also surprised in the way the movie ends. It doesn’t follow the book ending at all, which was a disappointment. The graphics aren’t amazing. They didn’t have a Lord of the Rings budget, but they did okay and it’s definitely better than Saw. It is rated R apparently because of violence and terror, but as usual the book was way more violent and terrifying. Remember the jump scene?
Thinking about renting it yourself? You should, it’s a decent movie. Check out the movie trailer. It’s not going to change your life, but if your kids are really into horror movies this might be a good alternative to the Saw franchise and others that are solely about how to torture people. I would also highly recommend the book, especially if you want your questions answered about the basement, Susan, Stewart, Pete and Betty, what happens to Randy and Leslie and a whole lot more.