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As you can probably guess, "The Wayside Inn" contains more than meets the eye. Sooner than later, a crazy and demented killer named the Tin Man is trying to get them to kill one of the four of them, as to satisfy their "guilt." The house itself is also not as normal as it seems, confronting each person in the house with their past sins and guilts, and how it ultimately leads to life or death.
Although the book based off of this movie was written by Christian authors, don't expect anything preachy. In fact, don't expect anything close to preachy. Although you might be able to see some Christian parallels contained in the film (especially towards the end), nothing is ever blatantly obvious in the movie. Is that a good thing? Hard to say. On one hand, many Christians may be disappointd with the film's lack of clear Christian morality and the very controversial "R" rating (a PG-13 would've sufficed.) On the other hand, Christians who are hoping that this film may lead others to Christ, may worth looking into.Read more ›
Some reviewers labelled House a Christian film. It heavily uses themes like good vs evil and the afterlife, but I don't see it as Christian. There was no mention of Christ, no cross or other Christian symbols. Instead I feel that religious viewers (and not just Christians) will tend to project their own beliefs into the film.
I will definately watch this again and I strongly recommend it for all fans of true horror.
The ACTORS: Not bad acting, but absolutely no character development beyond the details of individual tragedies. Madsen was OK.
The SCRIPT: Horrible. A movie trying to be scary by throwing everything in except the kitchen sink and a mess of a story I still can't figure out. Want a haunted house? Got it. Creepy ghostly occupants. Yep. "The Hills Have Eyes" vehicle shenanigans? Oh yeah. A spooky little girl that could be the older cousin of the girl from "The Ring"? She's in there. How about a spooky boiler room ala Nightmare on Elm Street? In there. Psychological thriller? Ummm...maybe. Devil worship? <Sigh> YES. Oh yes, and Micheal Madsen playing a cop/demon/personification of evil that apparently killed God. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the TIN MAN (Candyman, Jason Vorhese, Kevin Dubrow from Quiet Riot). So how does the story tie all of these together? It doesn't, and it doesn't even try to. You never really find out about all of things. So many of these things are completely unnecessary or unrelated to the loosely designed plot. It was like it was written as the movie was being created,,,with the producer telling the writer, "MORE SCARY THINGS" (kinda like "We need more cowbell"). The writer continue to add supernatural components, but never links them or explains them.
The direction. Not bad in the beginning, but falls apart fast through the middle to the excruciating end. When the action gets going too many quick cuts to different characters and flashbacks...combined with the dark environment it became disorienting. Too many facial close-ups that hold for too long, and an unintentionally hilarious "light defeats dark" film moment.
BUDGET: Lo budget, but that does not have to mean a movie is bad.Read more ›
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It was no where near as good as the book but im still glad i got the movie.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jack Singleton (Reynaldo Rosales) and Stephanie Singleton (Heidi Dippold) struggle with the loss of their daughter and might or might not be the cause of her death. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Deitra Wedd
I really wanted to like this movie, as I loved the dekker/Peretti book. I know movies often take liberties with the book, but in this case the movie in NO WAY even vaguely... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Souther
Best suggestion is to do what my son did & go digital. no more worries about scratched or broken disc. go to someplace like www.vudu.comPublished 10 months ago by Cathy S. Tachera
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