The Last House on Cemetery Lane full movie review - Definitely Worth A Viewing.
I always feel that you should give a truthful review after watching a film, and not be influenced by people who have just watched some minutes of the film and immediately start posting hateful reviews about it.
I was well entertained. There are elements of suspense and mystery in the film which will keep you watching the film till its conclusion. Well, maybe budgetary constraints keep the director from hiring some better and well experienced actors and special-effects crew, but I feel the director did wonderfully well with the resources allotted to him.
I feel that independent directors like Andrew Jones should be encouraged. This is why I have given a score of 7 out of 10. Directors often start small and grow into well respected figures. A good example is Peter Jackson who made a very low budget cult film called Bad Taste(200,000 NZD). He later made another cult film Braindead with a budget of 3 million U.S. dollars. Then he worked on The Lord Of The Rings with a budget of 93 million dollars. Personally, I haven't seen any of the Lord Of The Rings films. Maybe because I'm not such a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. I think C.S. Lewis is a far superior writer of fantasy with his Chronicles Of Narnia and The Space Trilogy. Not to forget The Neverending Story, a novel by Michael Ende.
I firmly believe Andrew Jones can achieve all the success that Peter Jackson is currently enjoying.
Back to the film: the film is about a screenwriter John Davies(played by Lee Bane) who is suffering from writers block. He rents a large and spacious house in an area he frequently visited with his parents when he was young. However, the real estate agent(played by Tessa Wood) assigned to rent it, informs the writer about an old blind lady that occupies the attic of house.
In the middle of the night, John is awakened by a peculiar song playing from an old record player downstairs. He shuts off the record player, but the next night he is awakened again. He also suffers from bizarre nightmares about drowning and been tortured by persons who remove his teeth with pliers. One time, after showering, he sees a strange message "Murder" written in blood on the bathroom mirror. From then on, he tries all he can do to solve the mystery of the house.
The actors, script, photography and sound effects are decent. The style of direction employed by Andrew Jones makes you involved with film as it progresses. There are some genuine scary moments in the film, but overall, I think this is a film I would recommend as family viewing.
Other films you may also like: The Sentinel (1977), The Changeling 1980, The Oracle (1985), The Poltergeist Trilogy(1982-1986-1988), A Haunting In Connecticut(2002), The Haunting in Connecticut (2009).
Thank you for having the time to read this review.