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By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Christian-themed horror film too intense for kids.

Movie R 2008 101 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Better than the Book

I'll be honest. The movie had better pacing than the book. I enjoyed this noble attempt at a horror movie for an xtian audience. Its for those of us that likes this kind of thing. Bad dialogue and the house rules aren't really rules, which always confused me. No sex, drugs, foul language. Just some intense scenes. It was done with fairly good production. R rating is just because xtians are required to have higher standards, I suppose. Worth at least one watch.
age 15+

Great CHRISTIAN Horror Movie!

This was a great first horror movie for my daughter's first really scary movie. The message was great and there was no profanity, gore, or inappropriate content. The characters were believable and you really started to root for them. The plot twists were awesome and the suspense was great. I wish there were more like this!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

House is a great demonstration of the fact that good intentions don't always make for good moviemaking. Character actor Madsen is the biggest name in the cast, and he seems to be sleepwalking through his scenes. Robby Henson's direction is fairly pedestrian -- at one point, he scares viewers by having a chicken flap into the frame -- and the film's final twist is both unexciting and an obvious, weary, dreary set-up for a possible sequel. If your kids are mature enough for horror films, they can watch far, far better ones than House.

Based on a novel by best-selling Christian authors Fred Dekker and Frank Peretti, House is an astonishingly derivative horror film -- borrowing images, ideas, plot points, and scares from movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, Don't Look Now, and the Saw series. The acting's fairly wooden, and the film's themes of redemption, sin, and salvation are buried under just enough grisly violence that they're more than a little difficult to make out -- or to take seriously. And the contrast between the nice-but-struggling couple (Jack and Stephanie) and the seemingly perfect-but-secretly troubled couple (Randy and Leslie) is entirely overdone. House also feels cheap -- made with bargain-basement effects (with Poland standing in for Alabama) and featuring cardboard characters.

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