Vacant House full movie review - Slow burn that's worth your time
Vacant House is a thoughtful, moody piece that takes its time getting where it's going and delivers some powerful performances along the way.
It's important to know what you're getting into with this film; if you're looking for a horror film or suspense/thriller, your barometer to judge and ENJOY the film will be off. It's more of a character/think piece, but there's nothing wrong with that.
It's clearly a low-budget film and the equipment on-hand (particularly the camera and lenses), doesn't do justice to the thought or skill that went into making the film. Don't let that stand in the way of your appreciation for the writing and directing.
The performances are what impressed me the most, particularly from the lead Cris Cunningham. Often, with first-time filmmakers on a truly shoestring budget, we get a cast that is not quite up to the task of whatever the material demands of them. Not the case here. Cris and co. turn in powerful performances at every turn. Cris pleasantly surprised me on more than one occasion.
This is a film that will make you think and have you wondering until the end. Well worth your time.