Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 18th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 2013
Director: Michael Bartlett
Writer: Michael Bartlett
Cast: Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, RJ Mitte, Randy Schulman, Diane Dalton, Micah Nelson
DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Approximate Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Encoding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Synopsis: An unresolved tragedy, the house that it happened at and how both of these things affect those who now occupy the house.
The Horror genre is over populated landscape that far too often is being weighed down by retreads of whatever is in vogue at the time. Fortunately there are those rare occasions where a film comes along that walk to the beat of its own drum.
Case in point, House of Last Things a haunted house themed supernatural thriller that can be best describe as a cross between Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and the films of David Lynch. The Shining’s influence can clearly be felt and seen in the way that the house becomes a character unto its own and it is obviously the source all things sinister going on. Also there is a shot of a ball rolling on the carpet that is clearly a nod to The Shining. Then there is the Lynchian vibe in regards to the way the narrative unfolds and his influence can also be felt in this film hefty helping of surrealism. He influence can also be felt in the way that this film uses ordinary things and distorts them.
Though this film does have an interesting premise, there are a handful of area’s where this film does not gel. Front and center in these issues is this film narrative structure. If you are a fan of solving intricate puzzles, then this film’s narrative structure is right up your alley. Unfortunately for those on the opposite end of the spectrum. If you are someone that likes their narrative easily detestable, then this film is guaranteed to give you fits. Another area where this film struggle are the performances which can be best describe as merely adequate. Also pacing is uneven and this film is devoid of tension and unable to maintain any moment, even when there is that rare moment that does work. I went into this with high hopes and I walk away from it underwhelmed.
Revolver Entertainment presents House of Last Things in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. The image looks crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sounds clear and balanced. Range wise the differences between the two is minimal. Also sound effects and the film’s score are well represented throughout.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall House of Last Things gets a strong audio / video presentation from Revolver Entertainment.