DVD Review: THE HOUSE

THE HOUSE (original language title, Huset) was directed by Reinert Kiil and stars Frederik von Lüttichau, Frederik von Lüttichau, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Evy Kasseth Røsten and Sigmund Sæverud.

Set in the frozen wilderness of Norway during WWII, 2 German soldiers escort a Norwegian soldier and prisoner of war but the weather is taking a toll on them. They find an empty house near the forest where they finally can get some rest. However, what seems to be a warm and welcoming shelter turns much more sinister and deadly. They begin to wonder if they have somehow have stepped into a sort of psychological hell from which there may be no escape.

The movie follows these two German soldiers and a Norwegian soldier they’ve sort of taken prisoner who find an old abandoned house in the middle of nowhere to take shelter in from the cold weather. It doesn’t take long for strange things to begin happening inside the house that can’t be explained.

Strange things that slowly drive a mental wedge through the men because an extreme case of paranoia sets in. As the movie plays out, the viewer get a history lesson on the terrifying events that took place years earlier that have left this mysterious location cursed. The men finally find out what happened and that they’re trapped inside a haunted house, but unfortunately for them, there’s no way to escape.

The front of the packaing 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 features some matching artwork. 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, The House ended up being something completely new for the horror genre and I really liked it. We’ve gotten several Nazi zombie movies over the past few years but this is the first Nazi haunted house creeper as far as I know of. Thanks to Artsploitation, I was first introuduced to Norwegian director Reinert Kiil a few months ago with his awesome holiday slasher Christmas Blood and he’s delivered something completely different and entertaining with The House. I really liked the story about these soldiers who take refuge from the cold weather where things slowly begin to get extremely eerie and unsettling for them. Not only do weird things happen to the men but paranoia sets in within the ranks and that doesn’t help their dreaded situation at all, as a matter of fact, it makes it worse for them. Hey, one thing is for sure, Reinert Kiil knows how to tell a creepy cool story. The House is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: German and Norwegian Dolby Digital 5.1 (with some English)

Subtitles: English and English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interview, short film and trailer.

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Behind-the-Scenes (07:12)
  • Director Interview (18:04)
  • The Voice of One’s Conscience (Samvittighetens Røst) (2007, 12 minutes), a short film directed by Reinert Kiil
  • Trailer (01:19)
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