Best-selling authors Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti transform their supernaturally profound and deeply messaged novel into the thrilling film House. Positively received by critics in the mainstream and faith-based markets alike, the film follows Jack and Stephanie Singleton, a self-absorbed couple who get sidetracked on their way to a counseling session. After blowing out their tires, they find their way to the Wayside Inn, a ramshackle B&B where they meet an equally self-obsessed couple, Randy and Leslie.
They soon meet the family who runs the inn: first the mother, then her creepy son, and finally the strange father. They discover the phone doesn’t work, their cell phones have no reception, so they all are forced to wait the night out at the inn.
Aftr dinner, things go from bad to worse as it becomes apparent the family knows things about the two young couples. and their weird son has a thing for pretty Leslie. But before the couples can leave, a terrifying man known as “The Tin Man,” shows up wearing a mask and carrying a gun. He throws a tin can into the house, with a message scrawled on it, stating that he has killed God and he will also kill all of them unless they kill one of their own by dawn. The family bolts and locks all the doors, and the two couples find themselves locked inside.
Full of suspense and a hefty dose of the supernatural, the movie House stays true to the book in all the important ways, and the acting was acceptable. I don’t think House will win any major awards, but I do think it will appeal to fans of Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti as well as any fans of Christian supernatural fiction.
Michael Madsen – Reservoir Dogs, Species, Free Willy, Donnie Brasco
Reynaldo Rosales – TV’s “Inconceivable,” TV’s “The 4400”
Julie Ann Emery – Hitch, TV’s “The Riches,” TV’s “Commander in Chief”
Heidi Dippold – Sopranos,” “TV’s “NYPD Blue,” TV’s “Angel”
J.P. Davis – Fighting Tommy Riley, The Curse of the Komodo
Year of Production: 2008
Title Copyright: © 2007 House Film, LLC and Total Living Network. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for some violence and terror
Feature Running Time: 88 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital
Street Date: 4/7/09
House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker – Book Review
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