A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Some spoilers: Graphic horror-movie violence and imagery. A woman who is tied to a chair has her fingers broken one at a time by a home invader. A man is found in an SUV dead with a slit neck. A man is hit by a car and killed in a parking lot as his son watches. Lead characters murdered. Blood. Characters punched in the head and knocked down.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity: Woman in a shower. Breasts, buttocks.
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Regular use of "f--k," usually by the teen character. "S--t" also frequently used. "A--holes," "pissed," "damn," "sucks," "Jesus."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Open House is a 2018 horror movie in which a mother and her teen son move to a mountain home after a tragedy only to face eerie events and a mysterious home invader. There's horror movie violence, some of it graphic. One character is found dead in an SUV with a slit throat. Another character is tied to a chair while the killer breaks fingers one at a time. A man is struck by a car and killed while in a parking lot. Brief female nudity is shown in a shower (breasts and buttocks). There's also frequent profanity, including regular use of "f--k" by the teen character, as well as cigarette smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Perhaps the only good thing about this horror movie is the music. While the acting isn't bad and there's some initial hope that The Open House could be a satisfying scary movie, viewers are ultimately left with nothing but the feeling that 94 minutes of their life was wasted. There are some nods to The Shining and Psycho that suggest perhaps the filmmakers are savvy enough to make horror movie magic with a small budget, but it doesn't take long to see that the overuse of genre clichés -- such as the sudden burst of music and the jolting camera shot that merely reveals another character appearing seemingly out of nowhere -- reveals an amateurish ineptitude that might lead the viewer to wonder if they're being ironic. Is the movie a spoof of horror movies? It's unclear.
Spoiler alert: Viewers may be frustrated with the ending, or lack of an ending. Basically, it's like a whodunit without telling you whodunit. Teen horror fans are better off sticking with the classics.
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