This movie shows just how cut
throat and brutal the real estate business in California can be as a
homicidal maniac starts to knock off both brokers and customers!
The movie opens with a real estate broker getting a pen into the eye
and the squatter that she was trying to remove getting her piercings
pulled out (naked girls rock!) and a radio tossed into her bath to finish
her off. After opening with such a bang the action moves to a
dysfunctional family trying to sell their home. You have a son
that spends most of his time stoned, a daughter that tries to seduce
the familyís ex-con handyman, a weak father that is pushed around
by his new wife, and of course the evil stepmother that is forcing the
family to move again because of a cheek implant gone horribly wrong
(butt cheeks that is!). So while the mother and father head off
on vacation the kids are left to help the real estate company put the
family home on the market. Of course since the kids donít want
to move their idea of helping is by smoking weed and nude sunbathing
while the broker is showing the house. Before you know it the
homicidal maniac has targeted the family, the real estate company, and
anyone else who gets in the way for some bloody fun. The bodies
begin to pile up as the property values go down. Will the killer
be stopped? Can the police stop being inept long enough to arrest
the right person? Will the house fetch a good sale price?
Kill House is another attempt
at a low budget comedic slasher film. In some ways they succeed
and in many other ways the film fails miserably. The story is
very predictable with a mysterious killer luring people into secluded
areas and killing them for fun and profit. As I mentioned in my synopsis
the movie starts off with a bang with two killings right away, but then
takes more than twenty minutes introducing characters and setting up
the scenario without any more blood. Unfortunately the script
and cast isnít all that interesting so the movie gets really slow
thru this point. But when they get back into the killings the
movieís story speeds back up and gets interesting again. As
I mentioned before the cast, with the exception of the actress that
portrays the killer, is pretty mediocre. And before anyone gets
angry with me this really isnít a spoiler because not only is it pretty
clear right from the beginning who the killer is, but the movie reveals
it way too early. Even though I had it figured out the killerís
identity I was still disappointed that they revealed it to the audience
so soon. Another issue that I had with the script is that it tries
too hard at times to be funny. The script tries to pass off an
attractive gay female detective making suggestive comments and her straight
but effeminate male partner as comic relief. Not only is that
alone supposed to be funny but then the script proceeds to hammer the
audience with the same couple of jokes again and again. I just
didnít find this at all amusing. In fact I think the movie would
have been better suited if they had dropped these characters all together.
What is really frustrating is that they were on to something with the
killer and her reactions and interactions with the rest of the cast.
The actress that portrays the killer had a couple of scenes where she
was really funny. It is here that not only the script, but the
acting as well is at itís strongest. Why they didnít concentrate
on and develop this more in the script I just donít understand.
Because this movie does try
to be a slasher film as well as a comedy I need to touch on the special
effects. My reaction to the effects in Kill House are mixed.
To be honest the effects in the movie are very limited and minimal.
I did like the pen to the eye, which they use twice in the movie.
While not overly bloody or innovative they do use the camera and some
clever editing to pull the scenes off. Most of the rest of the
kills are done off screen with some blood spatter to hint at what is
happening. If you go back and read some of my earlier reviews
you will notice that I get very angry when filmmakers try to pull off
effects that they either lack the budget for or talent to do correctly.
So while Iím disappointed that the Kill House wasnít bloodier, Iím
also happy that they didnít distract me with poorly executed effects.
Kill House had a lot of potential,
but in the end managed to miss the mark. If you are a fan of silly
slasher movies you may get a kick out of Kill House. This one
may be worth a rental, but I canít recommend it for a purchase.
This is the sort of movie that you will watch once and put on the shelf
to collect dust.
Rating - **1/2
-John "El Juan" Shatzer