The Open House

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Disappointing horror movie has graphic violence, blood.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

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. 

Sex

Brief nudity: Woman in a shower. Breasts, buttocks. 

Language

Regular use of "f--k," usually by the teen character. "S--t" also frequently used. "A--holes," "pissed," "damn," "sucks," "Jesus." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking. 

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLeslie P. February 8, 2018

Confused

Wasn't a type of movie that needed the brief shower nudity and continuous f bomb word from the son. I question the characters in the movie the whole time o... Continue reading
Adult Written bySusanna R. March 5, 2018

Ending sucked!!!!!

Wasn’t that bad of a story but the ending was honestly terrible...... could have been written differently. Wish I didn’t waste my time watching this.
Teen, 14 years old Written byJoshuaSC February 17, 2018

Fail

This movie started great, the tension was building up, but the last 15 minutes were just disapointing, it used the bad ending cliche were all the charactors die... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byjonesniya February 1, 2018

Extremely disappointing

The movie seems like a pointless murder story. There’s no closure no aftermath. We all know what will happen before it does and in the end you’re left with a bi... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE OPEN HOUSE, Logan (Dylan Minnette) is an aspiring runner hoping to attain glory on his high school's track team. But his life takes a tragic turn when he witnesses his father getting hit and killed by a driver having a heart attack in a parking lot. Unable to afford the rent of their home, Logan and his mother, Naomi, are able to relocate to Naomi's sister's mountain retreat until they figure out their next move, provided they leave when the realtors who are trying to sell it have their open house days. Almost immediately, eerie events start happening inside the house. Objects are moved seemingly by themselves from one room to the next. The pilot light keeps getting turned off. And the realtors who are trying to sell this mountain house are strange, and so is their new neighbor, Martha, and the repairman sent to fix the furnace. It gets really bad when Logan and Naomi return home to find the dining room table candlelit; the police dismiss this as the behavior of bored teenagers. With only their new friend, a local named Chris, offering to stay with them and help try to make sense of the increasingly creepy happenings, Logan and Naomi must find a way to catch the mystery person lurking in the house, or die trying.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about horror movies. How does The Open House compare to other horror movies? 

  • Did the violence, profanity, and nudity seem relevant to the story, or did it seem gratuitous? Why?

  • Were you satisfied with this movie's ending? Why or why not? 

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