Horror Movie Buddy Review: House (1985)

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Ah, House. No, not the medical drama with the cranky doctor, but rather the 1980’s haunted house horror-comedy with practical effects for days.

So, what’s it about? Well, the movie follows Vietnam vet and successful author Roger Cobb. After the sudden and unexplained disappearance of Roger’s young son, his life is in shambles. He’s been through a divorce, his writing career is at a stand-still, and his aunt has just committed suicide by hanging herself in the titular house–the very same house where his son first vanished.

Roger decides to return to the home of his late aunt for some much-needed solitude while he struggles to work on his latest book based on his experiences during the Vietnam War. Well, that was the plan anyway. Unfortunately for Roger, he soon finds himself plagued both day and night by his nosy and obnoxious-though-caring neighbor and a host of malicious ghosts and ghouls that haunt the house.

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We had a good time discussing this movie, so here are our thoughts on it, and also some fun facts thrown in for good measure. 😉
 
1. Did you enjoy the film? 
Scream: Fuck-to-the-yeah.
Sugar: Definitely! It was one I’d seen and enjoyed before but I was long overdue for a re-watch!
 
FUN FACT: Inspired by Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Fred Dekker originally intended for this story to be part of an indie horror anthology with some friends that never came to fruition. He originally penned it as a straight-up horror film, with none of the humor that House is known for. Due to Dekker being tied up with working on the 1985 Godzilla, his friend Ethan Wiley, who was also involved in the would-be anthology that never happened took over the writing and ended up adding in all of the comedy, much to the horror of Dekker.
 
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2. Did you like that the film had humor to it, rather than just being purely horror?
Scream: It’s hard for me to decided which I enjoy more, straight up horror or comedy horror. Both are excellent in my Book (of the Dead)!
Sugar: Ha! I see what ya did there. 😉 I agree, I love pure horror but I also absolutely adore a good horror comedy, which this movie definitely shines as. It’s like chocolate and peanut butter. They’re both great as is, but if you mix the two just right? Perfection! *chef’s kiss*
 
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3. What did you think about the practical effects/creature designs?
Scream: I will never understand why more movies/TV shows don’t still do this. IT’S SO MUCH COOLER THAN COMPUTER GRAPHICS.
Sugar: Right? I loved the practical effects in this. They were the perfect blend of fun and creepy.
 
FUN FACT: The film utilizes practical effects, and all of the creatures for the film were created in a span of 3 months.
 
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4. What did you think of the characters?
Scream: They were all ridiculous. In a funny way.
Sugar: Yeah, they were all good for a laugh. 🙂
 
FUN FACT: The movie shares some special links with the Friday the 13th Franchise:
Steve Minor, who directed this movie, also directed Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981).
The stunt coordinator (Kane Hodder) is the actor to play horror icon Jason Vorhees the most, portraying the slasher in 4 films. He also played Victor Crowley in the Hatchet movies.
The Friday the 13th movies and House also share producer Sean S. Cunningham and feature music created by Harry Manfredini.
 
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5. What other horror films do you think someone who likes House might enjoy?
Both of us agreed 100% on this: Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive. ❤
 
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Have you seen this 80’s horror classic, or watched any other good horror movies recently? Let us know!

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19 thoughts on “Horror Movie Buddy Review: House (1985)

  1. Great review! I love House and House 2 and 3 (not a fan of 4 though, felt rushed and genuinely unfunny) so glad you both love it too! I had to look up DeadAlive as it’s a name I didn’t recognise, but it turns out I have seen it (several times, in fact) it’s just that it’s called Braindead here in the UK. A Peter Jackson classic alongside Bad Taste and (my personal fave) – The Frighteners… oh, and – “I kick ass for the lord!!” lol. 🙂

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      1. This makes me so glad that I somehow have TWO copies of the DVD I think. One of the horror movie tshirt companies I follow will periodically do a Dead Alive/Braindead shirt and I WILL SECURE MY POSSESSION OF IT ONE DAY.

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  2. A true classic! I may have seen it as a kid but for sure as a teen. The cover always stood out to me at the video store. I keep a small print in my office now. I showed House to my daughter and she loved it and even told her teacher it was her favorite movie. Parts 2 and 4 are ok.

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    1. It was great! We’re definitely going to have to check out at least House II as well. 🙂
      Man, I would be so proud if I had a kid and they told their teacher their favorite movie was a horror movie lol.

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  3. It’s bizarre, I haven’t watched a horror movie in two whole weeks. That’s a long time for me! We did start watching that Love + Robots show on Netflix, though. Thanks for the rec!

    Where did you watch this movie? Do you own it, or is it available online somewhere?

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      1. I did! Based on your review, I thought it would be really fun/cheesy like Dead Alive, and there certainly were some funny puppet creatures, but much of the movie was not silly. I liked that this man had these two traumas of Vietnam and his missing son, and loved that Norm from Cheers was a caring neighbor. I thought he stole the address book to get in touch with the famous wife for creepy reasons, but he was just worried.

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