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Cast: Rachel Marie Lewis, Christian Oliver, Marietta Marich, Jordan Rhodes, Rob Neukirch, Bo Keister
After a family tragedy in the chaotic city, Chris and Maggie Conley, in a last-ditch effort to save their dying marriage, purchase an isolated home in the deepest woods, to which they quickly discover evil has a key.
"House Of Good And Evil" wastes no time in setting the tone for the rest of the film with it's powerful opening scenes both at the Conley's city home and in their car which leads them to the country, a new home and what they hope is a new start. Right from the start you get the sense that the couple are having a very difficult time keeping their marriage together, even the tour of their new home seems all to stressful, especially of Maggie. You get by how fragile Maggie seems that buying this home which is so isolated is not a good idea but the two finally decide to buy it anyway.
Right away things begin getting worse for the two, the stress of maintaining the home and it's obvious limits compared to their old city life, Chris having to leave for work for days at a time and the past seems to push Maggie closer and closer to the edge. When left alone Maggie begins hearing strange noises including a phone ringing which is very strange since the realtor told the couple the home did not have a phone but when she discusses this with Chris it seems to anger him and it causes more tension between the two.
As the film moves along you get ideas about what is going on but you not quite sure where the film is taking you, this is one of the film's main strengths. A Psychological Horror/thriller that gets inside your head and it doesn't leave until the film's shocking end that knocks you on your ass. The whole time you are guessing about where the film is taking you, it puts you right on the edge of your seat as you wait in total suspense wanting to know more. Then as the film nears it's end the pieces slowly begin falling into place and what was a puzzle before begins to take shape in an intelligent and masterful way.
"House Of Good And Evil" is one of those films that is best seen and not told about. The film's strength lies in the unknown so the less you know about the story the better off you are. What I can say is that the combination of Director, David Mun and Writer Blu de Golyer is a lethal one. Mun doesn't a fantastic job at guiding the already brilliant story from Golyer. Everything about the film is nothing short of amazing, the setting, sound effects and the incredible cinematography are all fantastic. Now with such an amazing story and director in place all you need is a cast that can deliver on the characters and I don't think they could have chosen a better cast to play them. Rachel Marie Lewis and Christian Oliver are both exceptional as Maggie and Chris, both together and apart, they really bring the troubled couple to life in a realistic and believable way. The supporting cast did a fantastic job in the film as well.
Everything about the film is genius, this is story telling at it's finest. The film quickly gets in your head and under your skin and it stays there long after the credits begin to roll. Do yourself a favor and read about the story as little as possible, instead visit the film's Facebook page HERE to keep up on it's progress and to see when you can check it out. There's an abundance of horror that comes out every year but there are very few film's that get you involved as this one does. If you're a horror/thriller fan then you owe it to yourself to check out this engaging, thought-provoking and suspense filled gem. I want to thank Writer, Blu de Golyer for giving me the chance to check the film out, I was blown away by it and there is no doubt everyone else will be too.
***** Out Of *****