10,000 Bullets   Exploring the world of Cinema from the Arthouse to the Grindhouse™

House of Last Things 
Written by: 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
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
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.

The DVD:

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.

Disclaimer: Some of the reviews contained here at 10kbullets contain screenshots that may not be suitable for those surfing the website at work and discretion is advised while viewing these pages. All of the screenshots and other images used on this site are solely for promotional purposes and are copyrighted to their respective owners. All reviews, bios and interviews unless noted in the text of the review, bio or interview are original content that was written exclusively for 10kbullets and has never been published anywhere else. On occasion there may be typos or errors in the text and if you let us know we will be more then happy to correct all typos or misinformation in the text. All opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the author(s) and not that of any company or person referred to. All the written material contained on 10kBullets is intended for informational purposes only and it is copyright © 2004-Present by the authors.