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But no, that isn't quite what this movie is about. If anything, it's a reversal of that more predictable theme. In this case, the sociopaths blatantly occupy the body of the house, while the rightful owner gets imprisoned in the basement, left to haunt and perhaps ultimately challenge the intruders.
This is a movie of few words, at least on the part of the male sociopath. There is no burden of back-story here, no Psycho-like epilogue neatly explaining the psychopaths' behavior. This vicious duo dwells in existential space, isolated in their clean, white, new surroundings. The male is a silhouette as he sits on the couch, limned by the sunlight coming in through the window behind. These two drop in from their own universe, reminiscent of the evil that descends in the notable German film, "Funny Games." In this case though, one of the intruders has the redeeming capacity to feel some affection, some empathy.
But the film's overall silences are what make it more memorable than the average maniacs-amok film. It has a trance-like, fairy-tale quality that draws the viewer into its silent spaces, that invites the viewer to fill the vacuums.
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Sadly, it was a boring, run of the mill home invasion slasher/thriller. Anna Paquin was in the movie for 30 seconds, Stephen Moyer for about 5 minutes tops. After checking out the back and seeing Open House was directed by Andrew Paquin, both of those cameos now make sense. What better way to draw in all those True Blood fans then to have these two on the cover?
The movie just slowly progressed, the acting was fine but not impressive. The directing was typical, nothing wrong with it. The story has already been done time and again, and they missed the opportunity to explore some unique aspects of the characters. No scares, regular amount of spurting blood. I love scary movies, I'm not a big critic. I expect some entertainment, that's about it. Open House barely provided even that.
I guess it is suppose to be suspenseful because of the lack of information provided?? The fear of the unknown...I don't know but it just seemed lacking without it.
A guy and girl who are brother and sister but are oddly intimate apparently go house to house and live in it...why do they do this? The question is never answered.
Also, the neighbors, family, friends, ect. never think to report something suspicious? So the duo have been living in peoples' homes and the police has never caught onto them? Oh yeah...they move from place to place frequently....but why they do this is never answered.
There are more unanswered "why" questions but I don't want to give too much although there isn't much...
The story follows the journey of a divorced woman as she tries to sell her upscale home. We see numerous couples visiting the Open House held by the realtor.
Then one day, we are aware that a mysterious person is going down the basement stairs, and the realtor leaves without realizing it.
Next, a mysterious couple seemingly takes over the house, after first killing a couple of guests and tying up the woman who resides there.
From there, we catch a glimpse of one horrible scene after another, until finally, the carnage is over.
Or is it?
First, I thought that Anna Paquin would have a bigger role in this film but her scenes were brief. The other actors were unknown to me, and if I'd realized that "Rachel Blanchard" was NOT "Tammy Blanchard," whose work I enjoy, I probably would not have clicked over to rent this one. Throughout, I kept wondering when there would be a big reveal that would illuminate us as to the motivations of the killers. But nothing presents itself. I like to understand why the characters behave the way they do; senseless violence turns me off.
But for those who like horror for the sake of it, there are some moments that you'll enjoy. As for me, I did stay glued to the film throughout, so I guess that says something.
Definitely not five stars, though. Three, perhaps.
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I've seen this one before and glad I found it -
I read the other reviews. Anna Paquin's dad directed and I love the socially dysfunctional 'house owners'.
Good way to get more people to buy it put Anna paquin and Stephen Moyer as the main characters well really they are the first to die they played small pars but other than tricking... Read morePublished 24 months ago by TKO
While the first 20 minutes of Open House may be completely forgettable and the low budget acting during this period may lead one to think the movie will be a total disaster, I'm... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Bryan
I thought that I'd give this a shot because I am a true blood fan and wanted to see other movies with Stephen Moyer. I rarely seen him in anything... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by MAC
The biggest problem is that there's not really a story to this. It's more like some extended scenes that have been put together. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by gespect