If you haven’t heard of The Houses October Built, that’s ok. This cult horror film from 2014 has been totally under the radar for a lot of us, including myself. However, earlier this week I was sent the trailer for the forthcoming sequel, due in theatres and VOD September 20th. My interest was peaked with the description, which I share with you here:
Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins…
Sounds good, right? I wound up watching the original film the same day and was absolutely thrilled with what I saw.
Though The Houses October Built is working in the often tired found footage genre, director/co-writer/co-star Bobby Roe and co-writer/co-star Zack Andrews really came up with an interesting story of friends in search of the scariest, most extreme haunted houses out there. I’m a complete wuss when it comes to going through them, and this film made me feel the terror and tension in my own living room. Roe manages to blur the line between documentary and fiction, and that comes in no small part from the believable performances from this strong group of actors, including Mickey Roe, Jeff Larson and Brandy Schaeffer. The Houses That October Built is as much a celebration of the work that goes into crafting a good haunted house as it is a thriller. I felt the film brought something new to the found footage genere, and I can’t recommend it any higher.
On that note, here’s the trailer for The Houses October Built 2, which picks up where the first one left off. I’m sure how much I can say about it in advance of its release, except to confirm that it is as fun and enjoyable and tense as the original.