The Seasoning House [Blu-ray]
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2013
I had no previous knowledge of this film before watching it, so I was not prepared at how incredibly visceral the movie ultimately was. I have seen many movies on the horrors of brothels and sex slaves, but I was taken aback at how terrifying some of these places could be. Whomever was responsible for such a convincing cast and location, as well as special effects that actually made me cringe, such be commended. This film will leave you shaken, disturbed, and wanting to know more about what girls like this have gone through. It makes for great entertainment, but also leaves you thinking about the film for days after you have watched it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2013
Great movie. It scared me because sex-trafficking is a very real problem in Eastern Europe, as well as other countries. According to U.S. estimates, 4 million people find themselves modern day slaves each year--especially in the post-Soviet war torn Balkans. People don't like to think about this sort of thing, so it's often presented in a way that makes it forgettable. This movie is different in that it dares to go into real life human horrors. Face your fears of what humanity can be like and watch it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2014
I hadn't heard of this film until recently. I read others commenting on the film's violence and brutality, so I was immediately interested. I can say that I was definitely surprised on how good this movie actually was, especially since it is a fairly unknown, lower budget production. The plot is pretty simple. An enslaved deaf and mute girl, called Angel, is given the role of "caretaker" to a house full of sex slaves, who are prostituted to the military. She befriends one of the girls there, which eventually leads to her revenge and escape from her "employers". I will admit, the first half or so of the film, can be a little slow. And the whole film is dark and bleak from start to finish. The last 30 minutes or so, the film picks up the pace. And when the film picks its moments to be brutal, it is just that, brutal. The special effects were great, which was a big surprise to me. The ending I thought was just so-so. I thought it was just a little too ironic how unlucky the main protagonist was, in that that she seems to running into 'bad' people that were somehow connected to the very same people she was trying to get away from. But even with that being said, I was still impressed with this one overall. The acting, production, and story (though simple) were all good. But the violence/special effects were really the strong point and the most effective part of the film to me. I recommend this one if you're interested in revenge-type of films. It's not on the same level of brutality or violence as a "I Spit on Your Grave", but it does pack a bit of a punch.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2013
this actually turned out to be a good movie, its about human trafficking in war time, and other then that I wont give any spoilers, but I will say I sat through it and found it to be worth the rental, Rosie Day did an amazing job playing Angel.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2013
The aftermath of an Eastern European war is that young girls are forced into prostitution. Angel (Rosie Day) is a young mute girl who is taken to such a place. Viktor (Kevin Howarth) who runs the place has taken a liking toward her and has her in charge of shooting up the other girls. She befriends one of the girls who knows sign language.

The soldiers who come there are mean and cruel. Angel, makes Fiona Apple look obese, as she crawls through air vents like my cats do when I yell at them for changing the channel. The first half of the film is slow establishing the characters and scenario.

This is not the exploitation film one expects from the cover and title. I enjoyed the dark irony of the ending which was worth the wait.

Worth a view if you liked "The Whistleblower".

Parental Guide: F-bomb, rape, male rear nudity. No female nudity.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
Now, I read another review that said," very disturbing" that is very much the truth. This movie highlights the error of high trafficking of young girls; the brutal beating, rape, exploitation and killing. The movie had some very good actors and the story is believable. I would watch this movie again . The main character did a wonderful job playing the deaf girl; I might mention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2014
This movie is sad. It's the type of horror that makes you feel all kinds of emotions and sadness for the characters, which is not really my thing - but I can still appreciate a good movie. I thought The Seasoning House had a great story that felt very realistic, which made it even scarier. You know this stuff happens in various places around the world, this torture and abuse by the hands of human beings around us, and that's the kind of "horror" this movie is. I'm more of an 80's-slasher kind of girl, so the rapes and broken bones and torture in The Seasoning House was just a little much for me, but it definitely makes you feel something deep within. That's worthy of 3 stars in my book. The ending left me even more sad, still rooting for that "Final Girl" to continue surviving. A tough movie to watch, but a pretty decent film nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2014
My girlfriend loved this movie, but then again she is a special effects artist in the film industry and works with monsters and dead bodies a lot (in the movies), and is pretty morbid. I'm afraid she might kill me off one of these days...I guess she owns me.
The movie itself was well written and the acting was believable, but the plot and storyline were too dark for me. Not a bad movie though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Seasoning House (Paul Hyett, 2012)

From everything I had heard about it, The Seasoning House was not at all what I was expecting it to be; while I would not call it a great film by any means, I believe that those who are dismissing it as just another torture porn film are giving it short shrift that it doesn't deserve. In the seventies, it would have been considered a revenge thriller, and it certainly has more in common with I Spit on Your Grave than it does Train or Grotesque. For example, it actually has a plot.

Angel (Sixteen's Rosie Day) is a mute girl who has been kidnapped with a number of other girls and taken to the Seasoning House, which seems to be a kind of Serbian version of the Comfort House from World War II-era Japan. Dimitri (Blood and Bone China's David Lemberg), chief pimp in residence, takes a shine to Angel and keeps her apart from the prostitutes, instead giving her a job cleaning the place and “preparing” the girls. She is pragmatic enough to know she's not getting out, so she resigns herself to her fate until two things happen in quick succession: first, a new shipment of girls contains Vanya (Britannia High's Dominique Provost-Chalkley in her first feature appearance), who knows sign language and thus can communicate with Angel better than anyone else in the house, and second, the band of mercenaries who killed Angel's mother and kidnapped her, led by the sadistic Goran (Event Horizon's Sean Pertwee), stop over for a bit of R&R. Suddenly, Angel finds herself both with something to fight for and an opportunity for revenge...

The first half of the movie—the setup for the big Revenge Thriller set piece that comprises the second half (no, you shouldn't be thinking 13 Assassins here, as amusing as the idea is)—is actually really impressive. Hyett, who co-wrote, takes the time to set up his characters and the often-fragile dynamics between them, at least his main characters. Then comes the second half of the movie, and I can think of at least a half-dozen things to compare it to...all of which do it better. I saw one wag on the IMDB message board say that the second half was like an adult version of Home Alone, and s/he's not too far wrong; my thinking was a blocky, pixellated Boarding Gate. In other words, thought in the first half and action without thought in the second, and the end result is that it's a pretty tough sell for both cerebral thriller fans and action fans because of the abrupt shift in tone. But whichever half of the movie you find appealing, that half of it should make the other half at least bearable for you. The easily-triggered should be warned that the movie contains a few scenes of violent sexual abuse. ** ½
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2014
"The Seasoning House" can be categorized as a horror movie, but it is not horror in the traditional sense. The monsters are very human--they are men who rape and abuse women for their own sick pleasure. This is horror in the true sense of the word. I had a hard time watching this film because it was so realistic. As other reviewers have pointed out, things like this really do happen in the world. The main character is a deaf girl named Angel who is kidnapped by soldiers after watching her family slaughtered. She is sent to a brothel where she is forced to care for the other girls who are there. When she witnesses one of her friends being murdered by a soldier who was part of the team that slaughtered her family, she strikes back. The product description states that Angel plans her "ingenious and brutal revenge," but I don't feel this accurately describes what occurs. Angel strikes back not so much out of revenge, but out of necessity. She is only trying to save her friend (which she fails to do), stay alive, and escape. Nevertheless, I will admit that I really enjoyed seeing the "bad guys" actually get what they deserve!
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