“Home Sweet Home” is what “The Purge” wanted to be
July 14, 2013
Over the last couple of days I’ve been in a mood for horror/thriller/ mysteries, and so I’ve been seeking out titles on “Netflix Instant” in attempt to find some interesting obscure titles I’ve never seen, or in some cases never even heard of…
Tonight I tried “House Hunting”, “Blackout”, and “Baby Shower” before turning them all off after just a few minutes; then on one of the horror titles netflix recommended was “Home Sweet Home” which I thought sounded totally lame, and it had a slew of negative reviews to accommodate it. I thought it’d be terrible, but reluctantly decided to put it on, and figured I’d stop it after 10 minutes and continue my search for a quality horror/thriller…
But then surprisingly, it grabbed me, and I ending up watching the entire thing – and I admit, it made my heart race in certain moments – and b/c of that I have to recommend to my circle of wordpress horror buffs, Ryan (Rhino’s Horror), Eric (IPC) and Tyson (Head in a Vice) and to all others who love horror films…
With that in mind, this film definitely has its flaws, and will frustrate you as it did me in several scenes, but nonetheless is still worth watching…
*Low budget, but looks pristine.
*The villain is intriguing; it’s been a while since I’ve seen a horror movie pull off such a fascinating villain. (“The Purge” should take notes)
*The tension and suspense is almost unbearable at times. And that’s the way I like it. A clear sign of strong directing.
*The ending. WOW! I admit it…my jaw dropped; I was in a state of utter disbelief for like 3 minutes.
*Questionable casting choices. The husband is a terrible actor!
*The husband and wife’s banter feels forced, and aimless.
*The wife is sooooooo stupid!!! You will want to throw a glass through your TV she’s so dumb!
PROS & CONS (depending how you look at it)
*The buildup. The story takes a while to get going; there is a good 20 minute build-up, but I personally loved it, and thought it added to the story, amplified the tension, and was well-executed. But I understand that some are more impatient, and hate a film with little dialogue throughout the first act – and so those may get a bit agitated, but once it gets going I think it will hold your attention.
As most of you who read my material know, I try not to give much away in my entries, and avoid going into much details of the story…and so all I’m going to say is that if you’re into horror, the next movie you watch should be:
Let me know what you think after you watch it.