House of Black Wings 2009 NR

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(27) IMDb 5.8/10

Maintaining an old apartment building, a broken rocker and a struggling artist become haunted by horrific dreams, sinister apparitions, and the sound of something moving in the walls.

Starring:
Leah Myette, Katherine Herrera
Runtime:
1 hour 42 minutes

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House of Black Wings

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director David Schmidt
Starring Leah Myette, Katherine Herrera
Supporting actors Michael Klug, Tirf Alexius, Amy E. Harmon, Jen Albert, Michael Merritt, James Polak, Deborah Webb, Aaron Wolfinsohn
Studio Sword & Cloak Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This movie was complete crap - a waste of time and money.
zanne
It's a real shame that mindless crap gets the big hollywood money while smart, thoughtful films like this one have to make do with papermachet and shadow puppets.
discerning reader
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.
G. Smith

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rowan Bristol on 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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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Cappelletto on 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By G. Smith on May 6, 2012
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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 By Joey Narcotic on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Penkas on September 23, 2013
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirt J. Baab on February 18, 2013
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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. The acting was entertaining too! Looks like the team put a great deal of effort into making this indie flick. We'll watch it again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Short on 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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