The Carpenter

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"He's turning their dream house into a nightmare!"
  • R
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 4.9  (671)

The Carpenter is a 1988 horror film directed by David Wellington and starring Wings Hauser, Lynne Adams, and Pierre Lenoir. The movie follows Alice (Lynne Adams) and her son, Billy (Tommy Lee Wallace), as they relocate to a new town after a traumatic experience in their previous home. Alice and Billy move into a large, old house and quickly discover that something is not quite right. Strange things start happening, such as doors opening and closing on their own and Billy's toys moving by themselves. Alice soon learns that the house was built by a carpenter named Ray (Wings Hauser), who died mysteriously.

As Alice tries to uncover the truth about Ray and the house, she encounters some of the locals, who warn her to stay away from the house and the carpenter's legacy. However, Alice is determined to learn the truth and begins to investigate Ray's past.

Meanwhile, Billy becomes increasingly obsessed with his toys, which seem to be possessed by the spirit of Ray. He begins to have terrifying nightmares and becomes even more withdrawn than he was before.

As Alice delves deeper into Ray's history, she discovers that he was a highly skilled carpenter who built the house as a gift for his wife. However, tragedy struck when his wife died, and Ray became increasingly isolated and reclusive. Eventually, he died under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind a legacy of haunting and terror.

Alice realizes that Ray's spirit is still present in the house, and he is not willing to let anyone leave. The Carpenter is an atmospheric horror movie that explores the themes of grief, isolation, and the supernatural. The movie is a slow burn, with a deliberate pace that builds tension and suspense.

Wings Hauser gives a memorable performance as the titular carpenter, imbuing the character with a sense of mystery and menace. Lynne Adams is equally effective as Alice, the determined mother who will do whatever it takes to protect her son.

The movie's setting is a character in its own right, with the creaky old house and its surrounding woods providing a suitably creepy and foreboding atmosphere. The Carpenter has a number of effective horror sequences, including a memorable scene where Billy's toys come to life and attack him.

Overall, The Carpenter is a solid horror movie that is worth watching for fans of the genre. While it may not be a classic, it is a well-made and atmospheric movie that deserves more attention than it has received.

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    1 hr 27 min
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    4.9  (671)