DVD Review: HOUSEWIFE

HOUSEWIFE was directed by Can Evrenol who co-wrote the script with Cem Özüduru and stars Clémentine Poidatz, David SakuraiAlicia Kapudag, Ali Aksöz and Defne Halman.

In HOUSEWIFE, Holly (Poidatz) has been haunted by a horrific childhood trauma for twenty years and struggles with vivid, disturbing nightmares that leave her detached and unable to live a normal life. Then an old friend recommends Holly meet with charismatic cult leader Bruce O’Hara (Sakurai), and she is led on a twisted journey of waking dreams that will begin to unravel the fabric of reality and reveal the truth about Holly’s family… a terrifying destiny.

Holly remembers watching her mother commit this unthinkable act from her childhood that has left her scarred for her entire life. Now she’s married and she doesn’t want to have children because of what she witnessed long ago but uses other excuses to her husband for as long as she’s able to hide the real reason behind her hesitation. So what happens is, Holly’s friend ends up taking her to see this cult leader of “Umbrella of Love and Mind” during one of his packed house events where he ends up hypnotising her and this awakens some long dormant memories that have been buried deep inside Holly for years.

What happens is, the truth about the unthinkable act that Holly witnessed years earlier as a child slowly reveals itself along with another shocking revelation that the young woman is unknowingly a part of.  The meeting with this mysterious cult leader and what he’s able to awaken inside of Holly was all part of a sinister plan to give birth to an unspeakable evil and unfortunately she happens to be the key to it all.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc also includes some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Housewife ended up being an okay watch but it had lots of potential to be so much better.  The film’s one and only shortcoming was the messy screenplay but it’s a big enough problem that really drags the movie down. The concept was interesting because it has this H.P. Lovecraft element to it and anything Lovecraft you can count me in. The weird thing is that I felt like I’d watched two separate movies because the first half was so slow at setting everything up but the second half was when things really kicked in gear and got super weird. So weird that the payoff was so freaking huge that it’s like it didn’t even fit in the movie. Yeah, it’s that big and impressive! Anyway, I know that Can Evrenol was trying to deliver a dark and atmospheric supernatural thriller and he did a descent job with the execution that’s complimented nicely by some impressive cinematography by Tayman Tekin. There’s even some blood and gore to go along with it all. If only the writing had been better! Sure, the movie has this one big flaw but it’s still the perfect time of year to release a creeper like this since Halloween is right around the corner. Housewife will be available on DVD on October 2nd.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

 

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