Wednesday, October 27, 2021

#2,650. The Houses October Built (2014)


A week before Halloween, five friends ( Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, and Jeff Larson) pile into an RV and head south, in the hopes of finding the most extreme haunted attraction.

Each night, they visit a new haunt, all the while searching for the “Blue Skeleton”, rumored to be the all-time scariest Halloween attraction.

But as the days wear on, the pals begin to suspect that they are being stalked, and wonder if it’s simply part of the overall experience, or something else entirely.

The Houses October Built is a found-footage style horror film (to document their quest, each of the friends operates one of the many cameras they brought along), and the cast does a fine job making the trip and what they encounter feel 100% genuine.

In addition, the haunts they visit are pretty insane (some of them would definitely scare the hell out of me), yet nothing can match the horror these five experience after the haunts, the terror that strikes while they’re relaxing or sitting around discussing the day’s events. Performers from one attraction re-appear outside their RV the next night, hundreds of miles from where the gang left them (one particular run-in, with a girl in a porcelain dolls mask, will send a shiver up your spine), and sometimes they hear what sounds like a person walking on the roof.

Of course, this is all just a precursor for what’s to come, and trust me, you won’t want to miss where this film ultimately goes!

Spooky and effective, The Houses October Built is a movie you should definitely add to your Halloween watch list.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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