ⓘ Dark House (2014 film)

                                     

ⓘ Dark House (2014 film)

Dark House is a 2014 horror film directed by Victor Salva and starring Tobin Bell, Lesley-Anne Down and Luke Kleintank. The film follows a man named Nick Di Santo, who discovers that not only his long-lost father alive, but that he may be able to explain the source of his clairvoyant abilities.

                                     

1. Plot

The film tells the story of Nick Di Santo Kleintack, who is tormented by his ability to touch someone and see exactly how they will die. On his 23rd birthday, Nick is summoned by his mother Down to the asylum where she has been institutionalized since his childhood. Hoping that her request to see him is a sign of improvement, Nick is stunned by her revelation that the father he thought was long dead is really alive, and that he may know the origin of Nicks terrible gift. Nick sets out to find his father with his best friend Ryan Anthony Rey Perez and girlfriend Eve Alex McKenna. Every road they take on the journey leads them back to the same abandoned mansion - a house that only existed in Nicks childhood imagination, or so he thought. Finally succumbing to the will of the house, Nick becomes embroiled in a battle with a dark figure Bell.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Cameron Spann as Robin
  • Zack Ward as Chris McCulluch
  • Lacey Anzelc as Lillith
  • Patricia Belcher as Lee Knox
  • Luke Kleintank as Nick Di Santo
  • Tony Sanford as Ben
  • Charles Agron as Lucky
  • Max Gail as Scott
  • Alex McKenna as Eve
  • Lesley-Anne Down as Lilian Di Santo
  • Ethan S. Smith as Sam
  • Tobin Bell as Seth
  • Anthony Rey Perez as Ryan
  • Daniel Ross Owens as Brian Maker
                                     

3. Reception

Critical reception for Dark House has been predominantly negative and the film holds a rating of 11% on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 2.8/10, based on 11 reviews. The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter both panned the film, with the latter stating that "The generic title is not even the most unimaginative element of this overstuffed, cliche-ridden horror film." Nerdist News also criticized the film, as they felt that it contained too many elements that "merely clutters up a film that might find more power in being simple." As is common with Salvas films, some critics, such as John Squires of Bloody Disgusting, refused to review the film based on the directors criminal convictions for child molestation and child pornography.