Friday, December 26, 2014

Home Sweet Home (2013)

Starring: Meghan Heffern, Adam MacDonald, Lancelot

Homicidal Maniac: Shaun Benson as The Killer

Run time: 1:20:00

Quick Synopsis: A couple is attacked within their home by a killer.

For the most part, Home Sweet Home is your typical home invasion horror movie.  The films initial sequence has some uniqueness and originality, following the killer as he breaks into the home of the McAndrew family.  At first this sequence is really interesting, however, I feel as though it dragged on a little to long.  It didn't bother me too much though as a respect a low budget horror film that tries to do something different.  
Unfortunately, there is little else within the film that could be described as "different."  Soon the audience will find themselves following the usual script of this sub-genre.  The husband figure is immobilized and the wife figure is momentarily captured only to escape just in time to set up the movies climax.  The cast does a decent job but there are some flaws to their characters.  The most frustrating for the viewer will most likely be the typical bad horror movie logic.  Usually I can overlook poor logic understanding the movie has to move along in somehow, but this movie has many scenes that were just a little too much.  It will make it nearly impossible for the audience to suspend their disbelief.  Shaun Benson gives a solid effort as the film's antagonist, but the persona that he was supposed to portray may begin to bore some viewers.  For people who watch a lot of horror movies the twist at the end will not be too tough figure out the reveal, however, others may feel some level of surprise.  The effects were definitely acceptable for a low budget horror and the kills had a strong level of brutality to them.  Still the film does lose its way a few times and it takes away from the entertainment.  Home Sweet Home is just another home invasion, awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: This is the first film I have seen credit a cat. 

Hidden Gem: Writer/Director David Morley seems to believe a name change will help his career as he is now going by David Morlet.

Total Kill Count:
Frank- Adam McDonald (48:00) Golf Club to Head/Scalped Gore Rating: 8
Sara- Meghan Heffern (1:15:00) Stabbed with Sword Gore Rating: 8

             Horror Film: 5
             Entertainment: 4 
             Gore: 7
             Overall: 5