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Although more of a ripoff of SAW 2 (or maybe SAW 2 was a ripoff of House of 9? Not sure, maybe it was unintentional), HOUSE of 9 approaches the subject with fresh ideas and MORE REALISM. Where Saw 2 struggles to be commercial and come up with BIZARRE and MORE BIZARRE ways to kill people with the funky contraptions and riddles, HOUSE of 9 keeps it real.
As 9 unwitting people are snatched off the streets and wake up in a house that is sealed and unescapable, they are told that one person will be allowed to leave the house, and that person will be given $5 million... that one person is the soul survivor... meaning... the only way out... is for them to kill each other.
Where Saw 2 wastes no time getting into the depravity and murder and the thin assumption that a bunch of criminals will want to murder the son of the man who put them in prison, HOUSE of 9 keeps it real. It explores human nature and the unwillingness to comply and wait it out. How long would it take for a house full of strangers to actually want to kill each other? And how? there is one gun, with few bullets.
The mostly unknown cast, with the exception of Dennis Hopper and Kelly Brook, deliver well. As time goes by, the food is minimal, the personalities are clashing and tensions are building. Violence is coming and you can feel it, despite the members of the house's relucatance to participate in the sick game.Read more ›
So here's the premise. Nine individuals are randomly chosen to partake in a little contest, and by chosen I mean kidnapped, drugged, and deposited within the confines of a mysterious house. Once they all awaken and gather together, they learn that one of them will win five million dollars. There will be no consolation prizes for the losers, however, as they will all be dead. You see, in order to win, you have to outlive the other eight people in the house. So who are these lucky people chosen to take part in this deadly little game? Well, you have a priest (Hopper), a dancer, a criminal, a pro tennis player, a fashion designer, a cop, a composer and his wife, and a would-be rapper, each and every one a total stereotype, especially the rude, vulgar, selfish, cop-hating rapper (honestly, I'm surprised someone in the black community hasn't protested this film's racist characterization of the offensive rapper).Read more ›
Having said that, the most horrifying part of this film is Dennis Hopper's attempt to maintain an Irish accent as the completely out-of-place priest. Just plain bad as his character is oddly juxtaposed against the other youthful cast members. And while there is tension, there is also a considerable amount of brooding, where the characters simply look unhappy, drink, or console each other quietly while overbearing music plays in the background. And for a film that feeds off the intensity of the feelings hopelessness, fear, and isolation, the deaths come suddenly over a brief period and in a rather hurried fashion.
All in all, a good rental that ultimately hit its target despite a few significant stumbles along the way. You'll be forgiven for hitting the fast forward dial a time a two when things get slow.
D. Hopper gives a so so performance and really does not get the chance to chew up the screen as much as he could have so I can not blame this movies let downs on him, but man does this movie seem like everything else I have seen lately, Saw comes to mind.
The Cop and the black kid were stand outs but the French dude just got on my last nerve.
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Great Movie. Ending is well done. I like the characters and the premise. Horror movies shot in a single location are always interesting to me. Overall solid movie worth your time.Published 14 months ago by Don Squeek
Yes this was a Saw rip-off but the ending was worth it. Very slick, thoughtful and ironic. My type of chessy.Published 22 months ago by Wendell A. Moore
Someone had a "clever" idea for a twist ending and decided to make a truly appaling film just for the sake of it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Unreasonable
A suspense thriller featuring strangers thrown together in a live or die situation, House of 9 (2005) is a semi-interesting watch, that proceeds to an expected conclusion. Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by trebe
I ignored this movie for a very long while until I finally made a mistake and clicked on it.
this was definitely a hidden gem in terms of a great horror and suspense. Read more