The Open House

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The Open House
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Genre: Horror
Thriller
Directed By: Matt Angel
Suzanne Coote
Produced By: Dan Angel
Matt Angel
Suzanne Coote
Julia Huffman
Written By: Matt Angel
Suzanne Coote
Starring: Dylan Minnette
Piercey Dalton
Sharif Atkins
Patricia Bethune
Aaron Abrams
Cinematography: Filip Vandewal
Distributed By: Netflix
Release Date: January 19, 2018
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $100 thousand


The Open House is a 2018 Netflix horror movie by Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote.

Synopsis

When they move into a new house, a teen and his mother find supernatural forces are out to threaten them.

Why It Sucks

  1. Very slow and dull plot.
  2. Excessive padding, especially when the characters visit the house.
  3. Stupidly exploits the "nothing is scarier" trope to the point that it isn't even scary anymore.
  4. The characters are extremely flat and unrelatable.
  5. Most of the actor's performances are phoned in.
  6. Poor research: in one scene a character tries to phone 911 but discovers there is no SIM card, which is stupid since emergency calls often work without SIM cards.
  7. Weird soundtrack that goes all over the place, often rising when there's no scare whatsoever.
  8. An unnecessary genre shift, as it almost quickly went from mediocrity good supernatural horror drama into a downright generic criminal horror for no reason.
  9. We never know who was that “Open house” murder was? As the writers we supposedly know him?
  10. There is no resolution or twist at all, making the whole film pointless.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Piercey Dallon and Dylan Minnette (from another bad Netflix product, 13 Reasons Why) give decent performances.
  2. The cinematography is alright.

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