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HOUSE WITH 100 EYES Transcends Mere Torture Porn and Found Footage

In their introduction to the DVD of House with 100 Eyes released by Artsploitation Films, directors Jay Lee and Jim Roof tell us “House is about a lot of things. Snuff films, sure, and torture and the most dysfunctional of relationships. But at its core, it’s about evil. It’s about how evil isn’t pretty, or fun to watch.” While this film had some fun elements, the later parts of the film will certainly make fans cringe. Two people who seem to be a normal couple quickly shows us their darker side. When things start to go wrong, they show us just how crazy they can be. The idea, here, is to combine found footage with torture porn. While there are people who have grown wary of both found footage and torture porn films, for House with 100 Eyes it is done quite well. There is no shaky cam to worry about and the gore in this film is used tastefully. Most torture porn films don’t really have a story attached to it. Not House with 100 Eyes, which has an interesting story that keeps us at the edge of our seats. In addition, there is a bit of dark humor added to this film to make things more entertaining. It is definitely a lot of fun to watch and it is a great addition to any horror collection.

The film follows Ed and Susan, played by Jim roof and Shannon Malone. The film’s strength lies in watching this crazy killer duo that otherwise would appear to be your average suburban couple in every other aspect of life. However, behind closed doors this couple peddles snuff videos, and their newest venture is to be the best film yet: their first triple feature – three kills in one night!

The acting is perfectly handled by Roof and Malone. Susan is your “typical” suburban wife, who believes in taking care of and supporting her man. She also has a thing for poisoning her victims, only to also act as a sort of medic as well, which is useful when you are trying to keep your victims under control. Ed certainly has his own control issues. He wants the night to be perfect. He is the one who enjoys taking his time with his victims, degrading and inflicting pain upon them.

The reason that House with 100 Eyes works, is because of the fact that we get to see more than just three people being tortured. We watch how things work behind the scenes, with the story being told through various cameras hidden throughout the house. Other scenes are included from Ed and Susan’s handheld cameras as well. The scene changes are done seamlessly. The first half of the film follows Ed and Susan as they prepare for the big night. It is oddly more normal than one may expect. They drive through town to find three victims for their triple feature. Of course, this proves to be more difficult than the couple hoped. In today’s culture, finding three people willing to climb into a stranger’s van is not an easy task. These early scenes give us the chance to learn more about our killers and, even though they aren’t exactly likable characters, they are still fun to watch. In fact, the only thing that took away from this movie is a sound distortion that was purposely placed throughout the film. If it were well placed and used sparingly, it would actually add to the violence that happens on screen. However, its overuse leads to diminishing returns for the film.

 

Things get serious fast and it does not take long for the film to remind us that we are watching a horror flick. The special effects by Patrick Magee, are impressive and make it easy to forget that this was a low budget indie flick. Between the gore and superb acting, House with 100 Eyes is definitely a movie worth watching. The victims were believable, especially the victim Ed and Susan kept as their “pet.” She added a completely different level of insanity to the events that unfold in that house. This is definitely a movie you do not want to miss.

House with 100 Eyes is available now on DVD through Artsploitation Films

 

About Courtney Sanders

Courtney is a lover of all things horror. She collects literature, posters, figures, and film. When she isn't watching horror movies, she writes about them. When she isn't doing that, she likes to create her own horror stories. A fan of animals, she owns a pit bull and a parakeet. She currently works as a body modification artist to pay the bills. Her favorite movies are Evil Dead and The Black Cat. You can find her work at Diabolique and Three if By Space.

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