Director: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Screenplay: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Starring: Elise Couture, Michael Reed, India Pearl
Running Time: 90 mins
BBFC Certificate: TBC
A young couple, Jessica and Dan, decide it’s time to make Jessica’s dream of owning a B&B a reality and buy one in New England. When they move in and start updating it, strange things start to happen. This house has a dark history the likes of which they could not imagine. When Dan has to go away for a couple of days Jessica finds a secret stairway and passages with peep holes into the rooms. She also finds something much darker. That is the point this dream becomes a nightmare.
Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, famous for John Carpenter’s The Ward and Dark Feed yet again prove that you do not need a big budget to create a horror movie that will entertain you. This was an enjoyable film to watch with definite rewatchability. It is very formulaic to the modern horror genre so do not be surprised if you work out what will happen throughout the film. that said the writing was quite good and I did find the ending to be unexpected.
The cast of this production included Michael Reed (The Disco Exorcist, Dark Feed, Alice D,) Elise Couture (Dark Feed, Heredity, The Elephant Garden) and India Pearl (Down The Cape, The Angry World of Brian Webster, Truth Cocktail) who all produced a believable scenario in which we felt the pain and fear of the characters they were portraying. For me personally I also need to mention the house itself. The filming took place in one of the oldest houses in New England, The Noyes-Parris House. The actual house itself is steeped in a dark and bloody past as it was home to the Salem Witch Trial children. Brief history lesson; it was owned by the infamous Rev. Samuel Parris who was the father of Betty Parris and uncle to Abigail Williams, the two girls who made the initial accusations that led to the tragic witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. These two children incited the accusation of 200 women as witches which resulted in the execution of 20 of the accused.
I apologise for going off on a tangent there but this was a hard film to review as although it was good I have seen the film many times before in many different forms. With that in mind I am afraid I could not rank it higher. It is very well done and easily within the top twenty percentile and worth viewing. I hope you enjoy.