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House of Black Wings (2010)

Leah Myette , Katherine Herrera , David Schmidt  |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leah Myette, Katherine Herrera, Michael Klug, Tirf Alexius, Amy Harmon
  • Directors: David Schmidt
  • Writers: David Schmidt
  • Producers: David Schmidt, James M. Collins II
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Sword & Cloak Productions
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NX7EEQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After a tragic act of violence cuts short her music career, Kate Stone is returning to a city full of ex-fans and ex-friends. Taking shelter with her last friend, a struggling artist named Robyn Huck, the two women work to restore the aging courtyard apartment building Robyn has inherited. But a terrible secret infests the venerable structure, and soon Kate will be haunted by horrific dreams, sinister apparitions, and the sounds of something moving in the walls. She will be dragged into a confrontation not only with her own dark past, but the unspeakable nightmare that lurks beyond the walls! *** In the style of character-driven 70's thrillers, experience this Lovecraftian ghost story from Sword & Cloak Productions. Special Features: "Making Of" Featurette, Wrap Reel, Trailer, Photo Gallery & Crew Commentary. Captions for the Hearing Impaired.

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what I look for in horror. July 20, 2010
Format:DVD
Modern film horror is normally about the action. The torture of Saw, the violent actions of the 'soulless monster of the summer'. Horror should be an exploration of character. Of the viewer understanding the motivations of a character so completely, that they go internally into the same unspeakable direction.

David Schmidt provides this portrait in the story of two very broken women leaning on each other for support. Rather than being idiotic victims who won't leave the cabin, in this film, both internally and externally, there's no where else for these two to go. And the horror surrounding and infecting them falls deeply within their own torment.

HOBW's found locations give a solid impression of North chicago, and the ominous, ancient garden apartments left to rot after the housing boom. The pacing is measured, but by the time the darkness caves in around you, you have nowhere else to go either.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A character driven delight! June 8, 2010
Format:DVD
Thank God for David Schmidt, director of House of Black Wings.

In a sea of mindless remakes and sequels, House of Black Wings rises to the top. Mr. Schmidt gives us a fresh new story line, driven by characters, instead of the desire to showcase make-up FXs. This is not to say that the film is not without a good splash of blood, but it's not its main focus. Monsters, neurotic neighbors, ghosts, and lovecraftian wormholes, permeate this film -- as well as multi-dimensional, likeable characters!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good indie. May 23, 2011
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I really enjoyed this low-budget indie. It was a pleasant surprise with lots of good creeps and chills. It is a relief to find a decent movie away from the mainstream drivel. I'd like to see more movies from this production company.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A half-baked idea done well May 6, 2012
By Garret
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I think this film has received a lot of unjust criticism. Not many people have even the slightest clue what it's like to make a movie, and while the reviews here may touch on valid points, they come down too hard on what is a pretty well done amateur movie. This is not "amateur" in the perverted, modern sense, where no one involved had any idea what they were doing, but in the sense that these people pursued the movie for the joy of the art. Though its shortfalls would keep me from recommending it as a "good" flick, I think it deserves praise and a viewing from anyone who is interested in independent films.

The film's strongest point is in its technical execution. The direction was mostly very clear, as was the audio. I felt that I knew what was happening in any given scene, which is a fundamental skill for any director, but not one that comes naturally by any means (some films with an "After Dark" budget manage to screw this up). The actors did well across the board to carry their characters through the film, though they didn't have much material to work with. Also, there were few special effects employed in the entire film - I applaud this, as the movie would have completely lost its charm as soon as a hoard of CG monsters came crawling out of the wall or a ghostly shade tore violently through the building in a chase scene. The supernatural elements are fairly subtle, and that works to enhance the mood. The setting, plot and sets were all great, and the ending managed a fair amount of tension.

Where the film falls short is in the writing. The story wants to be very character driven, but halfway through the film I still didn't feel like I knew the characters at all. Robyn is an artist, Kate is a heartbroken musician and they are good friends.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and entertaining low-budget horror December 13, 2010
Format:DVD
This is the story of a young woman who, in retreating from a personal tragedy, finds herself wrapped up in a deadly supernatural mystery. What starts as a ghost story soon winds its way into the realms of cosmic horror...

House of Black Wings is an attempt to create a Lovecraftian horror movie on a miniscule budget, and it succeeds on its own terms. The cracks may show in the special effects, and some of the acting is a bit amateurish, but the storytelling and the ideas never falter, and the movie creates terrific atmosphere and some disturbing imagery.

For a sample of what writer/director David Schmidt and his crew can do, I'd recommend checking out his short film The Lovecraft Syndrome, which has some of the same cast members:
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Creepy No-Budget Horror Film July 15, 2012
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"House of Black Wings" is a delight for any fan of Lovecraftian weird fiction, as it centers on the juxtapositioning of mundane reality with horrific glimpses into the dark cosmic void. If you are looking for gore or cheap thrills, this movie is not for you. It maintains a steady pace, building the two main characters as they are drawn into the terrible lure of the creatures who inhabit the old apartment building. The film also has a minuscule budget; ergo, the special effects are nearly non-existent--and the look of the film is quite basic. Yet the film succeeds through character development and a haunted, brooding atmosphere. If you like intellectual horror (or simply a good, weird story), "House of Black Wings" is right up your alley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low-Budget Lovecraft Done Right September 23, 2013
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Lacking the budget to show us otherworldly horror, this film does a fine job of suggesting it. The filmmakers pay homage to Lovecraft by emulating the "feel" of his work rather than simply name-dropping the usual Cthulhus and Nyarlathoteps in the story. The main characters are given rich backgrounds. Some nice plot twists and a unique location for the final showdown with the black wings of the title.
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1.0 out of 5 stars utter(ly) horror(ible)
there is no way anyone who isn't somehow connected with this film gave it more than 2 stars. it is not low budget, it is NO budget. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill Eichhorn
3.0 out of 5 stars "Kate Stone" = Erich Zann? Just wondering...
First: I haven't seen this movie. But I found the description of "House of Black Wings" highly reminiscent of Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gearald Becker
1.0 out of 5 stars The horror of Bohemians revealed!
*Spoiler* It took me just forty minutes to realize the hippy "artists" and their interior decoration, lifestyle and angst were far more horrifying than anything else the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Evan Schackmann
1.0 out of 5 stars complete crap
This movie was complete crap - a waste of time and money. Ignore the "support independent film" push that reviewers keep posting.
Published 18 months ago by zanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Those who wrote this script, developed the screen play, created the set and special effects, wrote and played the sound track, must have had a blast making this production. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kirt J. Baab
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too Confusing
I'm not a fan of a movie that has so many characters in it that you can't keep track of who's who. There are too many scenes where the girls are showed crying, or thinking, or... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary L. Kubac
1.0 out of 5 stars What?
I'm all for a good, indie horror flick now & then. I enjoy deeply psychological movies with a cryptic message. But this... This movie made little to no sense to me. Read more
Published on July 26, 2012 by Evenstar
1.0 out of 5 stars What in the hell?
*Spoilers*

Ok, allow me to begin by inserting some credentials. I just watched this with my girlfriend, and we are both individuals with intelligence high enough to... Read more
Published on July 26, 2012 by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Low-Budget
An amateur film made film.

If you like your films fast paced, with a clearly defined story and even clearer supernatural element, don't get this. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Skeptic
2.0 out of 5 stars With an additional $500,000 this film would have been pretty good
This is a three star story, with a three star score, played out by one star actresses against one star production values. The direction gets two and half. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by discerning reader
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