House Hunting (2013) Horror Movie Review


“House Hunting” (2013), also known as “The Wrong House,” is a psychological horror-thriller that delves into the eerie and unsettling journey of two families on a seemingly innocent quest for a new home. Directed and written by Eric Hurt, the film stars Marc Singer and Art LaFleur and presents a unique blend of suspense and the supernatural.

The plot centers around the Hays and Thomson families, who, while searching for a new house, encounter a mysterious girl with her tongue cut out and find themselves trapped in a loop, unable to leave the premises of the deserted farmhouse they were considering. The film cleverly uses the setting of the house as a character in itself, creating an atmosphere of claustrophobia and dread that intensifies as the families’ desperation grows.

The performances are commendable, with the cast delivering a palpable sense of fear and paranoia. Marc Singer, as Charlie Hays, portrays the patriarch’s descent into madness with a convincing intensity, while the supporting cast effectively conveys the emotional turmoil of their characters.

Critics have had mixed reactions to “House Hunting.” Some have praised the acting and directing, noting the film’s ability to build suspense and keep the audience engaged. Others have pointed out that while the film starts strong with intriguing ideas, it tends to become repetitive, with the plot’s surreal elements detracting from the overall experience. The film holds a moderate rating on IMDb, reflecting the divided opinions of viewers.

“House Hunting” stands out for its concept, which explores the psychological impact of being trapped not only physically but also mentally by one’s circumstances. The film’s narrative structure, which includes a series of hallucinations and flashbacks, adds layers to the story, although at times it may seem convoluted.

In the Nutshell

“House Hunting” is a film that offers a thought-provoking take on the horror genre, with strong performances and a haunting setting. It may not appeal to all horror enthusiasts, especially those who prefer a more straightforward narrative, but it certainly provides a chilling and memorable experience for those willing to embrace its unconventional approach to storytelling. Whether it’s a hit or a miss, “House Hunting” is a film that will linger in your thoughts, much like the families trapped within its walls. I give 2 out of 5 stars (Got potential but failed)

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Genre: Haunted House / Suspense Thriller

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