House of Fears (2007) is a solid “group of friends leave party to engage in additional illegal shenanigans only to meet an untimely demise” type of horror flick.
The movie takes place in a haunted house, which attracted me to it to begin with. It reminded me of a similar movie I saw probably a decade ago called The Funhouse (1981). The Funhouse was way creepier, I recall, and not just because I was 13 when I saw it. I will have to revisit it and give it a post of its own. I’m also just a big fan of haunted houses in general, so I gave this movie a try.
I’ll start with my only couple of complaints: 1) Jared Padalecki had a 3-second cameo. I got excited thinking he’d be in the whole movie, but no such luck. He was one of Rory Gilmore’s finest of boyfriends, and this movie would’ve been tops if he were in the whole thing. 2) There was a creepy awesome clown on the cover, and there wasn’t as much actual clown action in the movie as I would’ve liked.
The movie has a nice, smooth flow. It doesn’t dive right into the action, and it sets up the impending doom by laying out some of the characters’ fears (foreboding much?). A fair deal of violence and gore ensues, but nothing on par with Saw or Hostel. Characters get picked off one by one as they make their way through the haunted house. There is no physical, human killer; but rather the teens’ fears (connected to a monkey statue uncovered in Africa at the beginning of the film) take on the killing role.
Who, if anyone, will survive this house of fears!? Well, Jared Padalecki for one…
Watch to find out.