Mannequins, Ouija boards, evil clowns, film crews descending into haunted houses to film them…The Haunting of the Murder House is packed with things that yes, we’ve all seen before, but have we seen them like this? Even the synopsis for this movie — “In October, four filmmakers disappeared in a haunted house while live streaming on social media. A year later, their footage was found.” — gave me no hope.
Directed by Brendan Rudnicki, who co-wrote it with Kellan Rudnicki, this film avoids being totally found footage, which is a plus. The Otherside crew — Harper (Sarah Tyson), Kai (Tyler Miller), Dylan (Dylan DeVane) and Kellan (Kellan Rudnicki) — has entered the home of Lester Morgan, a serial killer who kidnapped and murdered half a dozen young women before being shot by the cops, chaining themselves and ready to face whatever happens.
Sure, they discuss faking the evidence — reality television — but soon enough, the terror is real. It’s not wholly the most original terror but if you like haunted house films, this will definitely do the job.
If you don’t watch this at the Another Hole In the Head film festival, you can watch it on Tubi.
This movie was part of the Another Hole in the Head film festival, which provides a unique vehicle for independent cinema. This year’s festival takes place from December 1st – December 18th, 2022. Screenings and performances will take place at the historic Roxie Cinema, 4 Star Theatre and Stage Werks in San Francisco, CA. It will also take place On Demand on Eventive and live on Zoom for those who can not attend the live screenings. You can learn more about how to attend or watch the festival live on their Eventlive site. You can also keep up with all of my AHITH film watches with this Letterboxd list.
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