Plot- A young couple is thinking about buying this house. It seems like a steal, they meet the very seductive realtor and she shows them around the house. And they are all excited about buying it, and then they go into the basement. Once inside that basement is when we get a history of what happened down there in 3 tales.
Review-This film is why I love indie cinema so much, no major distributed film would have the balls to attempt the lengths this film will go to. This film grabs you by the fucking throat almost instantly and does not let off. The first of the three stories involve this family that is inside the basement during some bad weather. You have the mild manner husband, that we later learn may or may not be the case. The abusive wife that we learn later may or may not be justified. And their son and daughter, that each one of them hold some dark secrets to a much fucked up past. I do not want to spoil the reveals in this first act, so I will just say, they really give you quite a few punches that you will not see coming. This film manipulates you to the point that it wants to see if you could be offended. By the end of the first story you think you know how this will all play out throughout the rest of the film, but trust me this ride is about to get very intense.
So, we break away from the story to see our young couple still in the basement and then the lead in for story 2. What happens in this next thirty or so minutes, is vile, violent, disturbing, and so gruesome. It involves a girl who is trapped in a cage in the basement. We learn she has been down there for around 5 years, teeth rotted, constantly raped and abused, but she is a serial killer’s audience. Because the adjoining cage he always puts a victim in there and gives them two days before he kills them. Well there is a guy and of course he does not know where he is, and does not want to die. This whole segment is the 2 days that lead to what happens. And I will say right now, you will not be ready for some of this stuff. Some very sick fucking shit goes down. I hate reviewers who have to spoil things, so I am going to be very vague. All you horror fans who complain about PG 13 horror and horror not so dangerous anymore, need to see how disgustingly cruel this film gets.
Now, we go back to the young couple still in the basement and starting to be worried about buying the house and we go to story 3. After 2, I was really worried that they would try to up the ante even more. This film seems to have that going for it, if you think one part is extreme or goes too far, do not worry they are ready to go further and be more extreme. And story 3 did not disappoint, it truly raised the bar as to just how far an indie film can go. The start of the Perfect House, this segment was teased on, as we learn a neighbor takes not getting his weed cutter back personally. So much so, he wants to teach his neighbors a lesson, by tying up the parents and the kids. The things we witness happen to those kids is brutal, disgusting and very intense. You want to turn away, but you have to watch. And you can guess, the things that happen to all in this segment just have to up the ante as to how far they can take the gore and the violence. Felissa Rose plays the mom and she does such a great job and you feel her pain, especially in one scene that is just so disturbing that I feel any other actress could not have pulled it off like Rose did. This film did not let up, and for a film that I thought was starting way too strong and would lose steam, god was I wrong. This film I promise all of you, will make a lot of top ten lists this year. It is what we have prayed for, this film is a violent blood prayer.
This film is a must see for any horror or gore fan. I feel this film sets the bar for indie films now as to how far they can truly go in terms of material and imagery. This is not a feel good film where when it shuts off you are happy and can function in a society. This is a film that when you watch it, you are going to be glued to it just to see how far they can take it till you need therapy. I absolutely think this film is to indie films what Hostel was to major films in the mid 2000’s. This film needed to be made, and this film deserves a crowd. If any film is crying for fan support and truly deserves it, it is this house.
10 out of 10
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