From a House on Willow Street (2016) Movie Review

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From a House on Willow Street (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action
90 minutes / 1h 30min

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From a House on Willow Street Plot Synopsis:

For desperate petty crooks Hazel and her boyfriend Ade, kidnapping is their last chance to finally get a normal life. Their well-chosen target: a filthy rich diamond distributor's young and innocent daughter. For this reason, after six weeks of careful and meticulous planning, nothing seems to cloud the success of this obviously fast and easy job, after all, a hefty ransom of 300 carats of diamonds is a risk worth taking. Nevertheless, as right from the start, the ominous feeling that something is quite off is threatening to send Hazel's fail-proof plan down the drain, the unaware and helpless gang is bound to discover that the ancient evil of this world always lurks in the darkest of places.

From a House on Willow Street (2016) Review

From a House on Willow Street (2016) is a 1h 30 min South African English horror movie that had a lot of action scenes and did not feel cramped or oppressive. Director, editor, writer and producer Alastair Orr (Expiration (2011), The Unforgiving (2010), Indigenous (2014)) did a brilliant job with the setup of the movie and picking the cast. The film contains violence, bad language, gore, scares, scary scenes, jump scares, grisly deaths, gorgeous cinematography, amazing makeup, special effects, and a dark secret.

From a House on Willow Street received my undivided attention from the first few seconds to the ending of the movie because the opening scene was amazing. The opening gave us the idea that we were in for a treat as it portrayed that the film was going to be scary and intense. The movie is about a group of people kidnapping a wealthy man’s daughter so that they can exchange the daughter for a huge stash of diamonds but they did not know the deadly secret about the girl until it was too late. The group planned the kidnapping because they want to have enough money to disappear.

Hazel (Sharni Vinson - You’re Next (2011), Step Up 3D (2010), Home and Away (2001-2008), Bait (2012)) was the one to pick the house and did her homework on the family. She is the smooth talking one in the group that has a criminal mind and stays mostly calm. Hazel’s plan that night could not have been any more seamless, but the group could not get in touch with the girl/Katherine’s parent through their cell phones and home phone. They decided to send two of their guys to visit Katherine’s parents home to investigate, but all they found were gruesome murders.

Group members at the building where Katherine is being held started to experience horrific hallucinations revolving around their deepest fears/regrets. You might have guessed it by now, yes, Katherine possessed by a demon who needs four souls to----, well you will have to see the movie to see/know why.

Demons possessing humans/girl is nothing new, but this film offers something new to the premises. The movie was paced nicely, explored/captured the actor’s fear/regret with details, interesting storyline/scenes, and the movie had exceptional grisly deaths. I was totally grossed out several times in the film upon seeing the long tongue-like thing coming out of a few people mouths/throats with tentacles. I felt the scene in the forest/woods where Katherine and her two minions were hovering over Hazel was overdone; it should not have taken that long with their tongues moving in and out of their throats. One unique thing that was said in the movie that I have not heard before was where Katherine mentioned a female using a grater on someone’s throat to kill that person.

I must admit that I jumped very high out of my seat during the first jump scare, but I was expecting the other jump scares because the director used the same technique. With all said, all of the solid actors gave us fabulous performances. Horror fans should watch this movie and not knit pick at things.

  • From a House on Willow Street Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.05
  • IMDB: 5.0

About From a House on Willow Street 2016

Title: From a House on Willow Street
AKA: House on Willow Street
Year: 2016
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.03/5 stars from 7,213 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7,213 MPAA Rating: R
From a House on Willow Street Cast Starring: Carlyn Burchell, Jonathan Taylor, Sharni Vinson, Steven John Ward, Zino Ventura, Gustav Gerdener, Ashish Gangapersad, Gina Shmukler, Dimitri Bajlanis, Zelmia Bezuidenhout, Nicole De Klerk, Monica Ann Fourie, Ter Hollmann, Mia Slabbert
From a House on Willow Street Writers: Jonathan Jordaan, Alastair Orr, Catherine Blackman
From a House on Willow Street Director: Alastair Orr
Language: English
Country: South Africa