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"Horror Has Found a New Home."
  • R
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.1  (29,651)
  • 44

House is a horror-comedy film from 1985, directed by Steve Miner and starring William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt. The movie tells the story of Roger Cobb (William Katt), a horror novelist whose career is failing following the disappearance of his young son and the subsequent separation from his wife. In an attempt to find inspiration for his next book and to confront his personal demons, he moves into the old, family mansion where he grew up.

Upon his arrival, Roger discovers that his childhood home is haunted by an array of supernatural entities, who torment him at night and threaten his life. He is forced to confront his fears and the trauma of his past in order to uncover the truth and put an end to the haunting. Along the way, he enlists the help of his neighbor Harold (George Wendt), a friendly, if somewhat obnoxious, conspiracy theorist.

The film succeeds in blending horror and comedy by taking advantage of the absurdity of the situation and the characters' reactions to it. The film manages to balance the two genres without ever veering too far into either one, creating a unique and entertaining experience for viewers. The tone is lighthearted and fun, with some genuinely creepy and suspenseful moments throughout.

One of the highlights of the movie is William Katt's performance as Roger. He brings a grounded, relatable quality to the character that makes his reactions to the paranormal activity more believable. Katt also brings a comedic touch to the role, playing off the absurdity of the situation with deadpan humor that adds to the film's charm.

George Wendt, best known for his role in the TV series Cheers, is a standout as Harold, the quirky neighbor who becomes Roger's confidant and sidekick. He provides comic relief throughout the movie, delivering some of the funniest lines and stealing every scene he's in. Wendt's chemistry with Katt is a highlight of the film, and their dynamic is one of the key reasons the horror-comedy elements work so well.

Kay Lenz rounds out the lead cast as Sandy, Roger's ex-wife, who appears in a few pivotal scenes throughout the movie. While her role is relatively small, Lenz brings depth and emotion to the character, allowing the audience to feel invested in her relationship with Roger and the fate of their missing son.

The special effects in House are a mixed bag. On one hand, some of the practical effects and make-up work are effective in creating a sense of terror and dread. However, some of the more overtly supernatural elements, such as the stop-motion animated creatures, can come across as cheesy and dated to contemporary viewers. Yet, the intentionally cartoonish elements also fit the lighthearted tone of the film, making it hard to interpret them as solely negative.

Overall, House is an enjoyable horror-comedy that manages to balance the two genres in a way that feels fresh and entertaining. The film's cast is excellent, with William Katt and George Wendt being standout performers, and the special effects, while hit or miss in terms of effectiveness, contribute to the film's overall charm. While not a classic of the genre, House should be popular among fans of horror-comedy films looking for a fun, nostalgic viewing experience.

House is a 1986 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 44.

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    1 hr 33 min
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    6.1  (29,651)
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