November 6, 2020 House of Shadows (Movie Review)
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Trinity Creative Partnership released the new Horror film House of Shadows to VOD, Digital and DVD. Written and directed by Nicholas Winters, who won an award for his 2009 film Breathe, House of Shadows is a moody, psychological trip into a time-warping haunted house.
It follows Sarah (Elena Delia: Sober 2017, The Alienist series) who inherits a house she did not know her mother owned. She and her boyfriend, Jared (Luke Bailey: Casualty series, Ordinary Lies series) explore, but find more than they bargained for. It is during this time Sarah hopes to somehow better understand what happened to her sister Megan (Yvonne Mai: The Last Faust 2019, The Drop 2020) and her mother (also portrayed by Delia) because she is questioning both their deaths. Furthermore, she and Jared are soon greeted by an odd neighbor, Anna Sophia (Harriet Madeley: Waking David 2016, The Facility 2019) who has stocked the fridge, pantries, and wine drawer in anticipation of their arrival at the secluded location.
From the opening scene, a feeling of claustrophobia descends. This feeling grows as the couple experience strange happenings; the neighbor is “off” and the cell phones do not have reception, except to receive a call “from beyond” in one scene. Jared and Sarah also both suffer headaches, and, much worse, something seems to be invading their thoughts and seeking their souls.
Running at 75 minutes, although House of Shadows is listed as Horror movie, the scares are a bit mild. That in mind, there is an interesting scene with flashing lighting and visual effects by Talha at 3DVFXStudio well worth checking out. There are also often loose ends with tales involving fragmented time lines throughout the film that cause some confusion.
Furthermore, the supporting cast shows some prowess, but there is an emotional distance from the lead that, if it had been bridged, would have improved the feel of the story a great deal. That is why Cryptic rock gives House of Shadows 3 out of 5 stars.