Title: The Wrong House

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Year: 2009

Genre: Independent / Thriller / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 83 min

Director: Shawn French

Writer: Shawn French & Sue Stevens

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1648194/

Campers decide to sneak into a house and steal drugs, but they just happen to be going into the house of two lunatics who will do anything to get their stuff back, or to give the thieves what they deserve.

Our thoughts:
"The Wrong House" belongs to a sort of films that I have seen a lot of. And that would have to fall under "torture films". Because even though this one does feature more than just torture, that's ultimately the main entertainment. This is usually a very lazy subgenre that goes for simplicity and shock. I wouldn't rank "The Wrong House" quite as low as some of the other films, but it's also not a groundbreaking film. One thing about it that is worth mentioning is that the film is inspired by the fact that the couple who made the movie, and plays the two maniacs, actually had a break-in, so they made this movie as a way of letting off some steam. And they especially did that because a lot of the violence was done for real (although nowhere near pushing it as far as "The Bunny Game"). Of course, not all of the violence as there are some fingers and ears being chopped off, etc. But the beatings and such, apparently.

The story is about a few campers and how they break in to a house and steal their drugs. It was really the plan of one guy, but the owners of the house don't care. The owners give them a few days to return the stuff and they promise to leave them alone, but when time is up and they still don't have the drugs they decide to seek out revenge. So essentially this is where the movie turns into a torture film.

It doesn't take long to understand that the film is an independent production as there are some problems with sound, some camera movement, overall look, etc. but that's never really a problem if you've seen something like it before. I also think the acting and the story was handled fairly well for the most part, and it wasn't until it became all about the torture and killing. Around this point it quite frankly started to get boring. Which is weird because this was something we saw coming, and I thought I would like. But it really doesn't have much new to offer on this end. Even the real violence doesn't look all that great and doesn't give the realistic punch that you'd expect.

Acting-wise the movie jumps between good and bad, which is to be expected. The film has won an award (maybe more, I don't know) for the acting of Sue Stevens so there are some well-played scenes in the film, but it's not consistently great.

"The Wrong House" works as another torture film - it has enough to interest us in terms of story, and it does have some alright torture scenes. It tends to get drawn out at times and I was quickly bored at these scenes, but it's far from the worst I have seen. Knowing that Sue Stevens and Shawn French were actually robbed and decided to make a film about it gives it a bit of a kick but it's not something that controls the movie. An alright independent effort that, more than anything, works as a starting point for the director.

Positive things:
- The tripping-torture scene, although it went on for too long.
- Basing the story on their own experience.
- Not too bad acting.
Negative things:
- It's weird to say it, but the real violence didn't do anything to the film.
- I'm getting bored by these torture films.

Gore: 1.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 1/5

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