Remember Lucio Fulci’s House by the Cemetery with the basement experiments of Dr. Freudstein getting loose and tormenting the new residents of a New England home? Now, instead of the real estate horror of 1979’s The Amityville Horror, think the home invasion horror of 1971’s Straw Dogs, or the more recent, You’re Next, or the Wes Craven classic, The Last House on the Left.
So goes the English-language, but Italian made Dead House: The story of three masked thieves who invade the remote country mansion of a god-playing scientist — and they come to discover his deadly viral experiments in a basement lab that mutates the infected into psychopaths. The film questions how far will men will go into their depravity — which is evident as the invaders force the doctor’s teenaged daughter to watch him and his wife have sex and play other deadly games.
Dead House is the debut film of Brini Amerigo, a writer-director who embraces old school practical effects, which is refreshing in this digital age. The U.S reviews on this haven’t been kind, but as you can see from the trailer, it’s competently shot and above the fray of most direct-to-video streamers.
Originally release as a 2014 European theatrical known as Beautiful People, Wide Eye Releasing rebooted the film for U.S audiences — with a new title and artwork — for its U.S. PPV and VOD debut in 2018. They’re now offering it as free-with-ads stream on their TubiTv channel.
Disclaimer: This was sent to us by the film’s PR firm.