I love it when you hear nothing but bad news about a movie, and then it turns out to be quite good. It’s like a little treat for my eyes. When I bought Open House I didn’t know anything about it, so like any interested person, I googled a bit. Everything I remember seeing said it wasn’t that good of a movie. I think they were wrong.
While at it’s core the movie is a glorified slasher, I don’t like it because it’s a slasher. I like the characters, they were written quite well, even if the movie plays off like an R-rated Criminal Minds(minus the FBI).
The story is about a couple that has just gotten a divorce, and are now selling their house. Brother and sister killing couple supreme, David and Lila, move into the house, without buying it. They go the old fashion way of real estate, kill everyone who enters. But David starts to fall for Alice ( owner of the house), and keeps her alive in secret. Alice knows her only way to survive is to ‘love’ David back. How far is she willing to go to live?
While a simplistic one location story, much like Inside, most of the movie is waiting to see who will show up to be killed next. The true shinning point of the movie is in the relationship between brother and sister. They are both quite crazy, David being the Submissive and Lila, being the dominate role. The relationship also has an air of sexual tension, which is almost creepy due to the taboo ( at least in North America) of incest.
I highly recommend the movie, just based on how fun it is to watch the siblings alone. And as a plus, the deaths are pretty fun to watch.
Score – 86%
Gore – 7/10