Thursday, 29 August 2013

Review: Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch House (2005)

Dreams in the Witch House
Masters of Horror
IMDB rate: 6,5
Genre: Supernatural

The second episode of Masters of Horror. It's quite confusing that the DVD's are in a different order than the episodes are. Dreams in the Witch House is directed by Stuart Gordon, I'm unfortunately not familiar with his previous work (yet) but I eventually want to watch a few of his previous movies.

Walter Gilman, a college student, rents out s very cheap room in an old house, but it proves to be no bargain. One of his neighbors prays loudly and bangs on the furniture. Another neighbor, a single mother, issues a blood-curdling scream soon after his arrival. It turns out that she and her baby are being attacked by a persistent rat. Walter plugs up the rat-hole, but they still aren't safe. Walter is having nightmares - dreams that seem to have been inspired by the first neighbor, who warns him of a witch and her familiar: a rat with a human face. Walter soon suspects that the witch of his nightmare is real and that she is going to force him to kill the baby.

I can sure say that these Masters of Horror movies are strange. A rat with a human face, how do you even think of that? I'm not really sure what the whole purpose was of that but okay, let's just accept that this is a thing. When there's a close up of this rat it looks okay, but at some point it bites the baby and the face is just floating near the rat. It's quite terrible to see.

The acting is quite decent I must say. Ezra Godden plays the main character and he plays his part fine. The only thing that was a bit strange was his 'I'm scared shitless' expression, because it looks like his eyes will pop out of his head.

The story is quite good, it's very interesting because it felt like an adult witch story. Kinda spooky and cool. I thought the movie was over too quickly because it was so interesting, a longer version of this movie might have been even more interesting.

I read online that this movie is an adaption of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dreams in the Witch House, I'm absolutely not familiar with any of his work, but I must say that I quite enjoyed this adaption. His other books seem quite interesting too so I guess I'm going to search for a few books of him!

Dreams in the Witch House is one of the more interesting movies of Masters of Horror. The movie is quite strange but also good and fascinating. The acting is good and so are the special effects. For those who enjoy a weird but good horror movie; go watch Dreams in the Witch House!

My personal rate: 7/10

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