Wednesday, January 6, 2016
'The Last House' DVD: Jason Mewes' Bump and Grindhouse Horror
The 2015 direct-to-DVD homicidal maniac torturing and killing hookers in a gorgeous mansion horror movie "The Last House," which Wild Eye Releasing made available on November 24 2015, crosses genre lines in having Jason Mewes, who plays Jay in the Kevin Smith Jersey films, star as the boyfriend of one of the escorts.
The timeline of "House" repeatedly shifts between the present and points in the past that range from earlier the same day to further back. This all starts with said working girl Love and Mewes' Ned joking and romping in bed while discussing their future. Love then going to her employer to quit only to be sent to one last party sets the ensuing mayhem in motion.
The aptly named Hate and his equally psychotic sidekick are the hosts of the party and engage in creepy fully-clothed foreplay before the action begins. Scenes of these preliminary activities are interspersed with shots of Love fleeing in terror, fatal injuries being inflicted, and a concerned Ned lookin' for Love in all the wrong places.
The quest of Ned is the most interesting part of this short-attention-span film that does not spend more than a few minutes at a time on any one scene. The best scene in the film has Love describing her real-world qualifications while interviewing for a job as a crisis counselor.
"House" further deserves credit for clever resolutions near the end of the film.
The DVD extras include a screening interview with director Sean Cain and writer Wes Laurie and footage from the U.K. premiere of "House." Cain making nasty remarks about box-office draw Mewes in the former seem a bit inappropriate.
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