Alice is going through a divorce and has decided to get rid of the house they bought together, but a open house later she finds herself having an unwanted visitor in her basement. It's a couple, both serial killers, who go around from house to house and kill the owners only to then live there for a little while before moving on.
"Open House" has a title of a home invasion movie, it is promoted as a home invasion movie, and it is a home invasion movie. That's not a problem - I love myself a nasty little home invasion as long as the focus is on the tension and not the gore. I went into "Open House" as a skeptic, though, mostly because it seemed a bit too vanilla for me. The reviews for it aren't great and it's only fair, the movie mostly delivers clichées and things we've seen all too much before. But there is one aspect of the movie that made the movie "okay" instead of "bad". Granted, it's not much, but it's worth highlighting.
The movie takes place after Alice and her husband have split up, and she is going to sell the house they bought together and finally move on. After having a open house we see someone sneak down into the basement. It's a maniac couple and they kill house owners, stay in their house for a couple of days or so, and then move on without a trace. But the man, David, doesn't kill Alice. His girlfriend thinks he did, though, but he is slowly falling for Alice. Meanwhile the couple are going through some different love drama's, Alice is alive and chained in the basement, just waiting for a chance to trick David to help her out.
This quite perfectly sums up the movie. The part that I thought made it slightly more entertaining than I had expected was the love drama between the two killers. The movie doesn't focus as much on Alice trying to get out as it does focus on David wanting to get away from his girlfriend. Which isn't super-exciting or anything, but it was just different enough to make "Open House" a somewhat decent movie. But it gets old and in the end we're still there to see if Alice gets out alive. Which mostly consists of expected events, even if there is some splatter to entertain us.
I guess it's only fair I go into the graphics after that comment. The movie does deliver some decent spraying blood, which I quite liked. There's some gore but more focus is put on the splatter. There's no nudity in the movie but it has some perverted moments since the girl likes to kill people while fooling around with them, and film herself doing it. If the movie wanted to put itself on the map in the community it should've focused more on showing this, but I guess that could just be my perverted side talking.
"Open House" isn't worse than other mainstream home invasion movies out there. Just like the majority of them, you kinda know where things will end up, and it lacks the tension of the best. What made "Open House" okay for me was that it didn't focus on a victim trying to get out but the relationship between two serial killers. The highlights of the film is probably Brian Geraghty, he played his role well and is the star of the show. And the splatter made it alright. But that's just because I'm a very nice guy. On a different day I could've hated this movie, but today the love story of killers was enough to keep me away from slagging it off completely. An okay movie.