By Max Koch
OPEN HOUSE (2010)
Directed with a strong visual style in a limited physical setting by Andrew Paquin (Anna’s brother), “Open House” is a relatively compelling straight-to-DVD thriller featuring lots of beautiful people dying and screaming and crying and drinking wine and starving and and killing each other and going insane.
Fans of “True Blood” such as myself might appreciate the fact that both Sookie and Bill make appearances in the film. But their stays are “blink and you’ll miss ‘em” at best (Stephen Moyer sticks it out a little longer and it’s a trip to hear him rocking his natural Essex accent). The two leads are pretty good and even creepy and as a handsome couple who kill together and are trying to keep their long-suffering relationship afloat. There are some good shocks, some decent scares, and I liked the relationship between the man of the couple and a victim of the open house. But the end is so “been there, done that” that you’re almost rolling your eyes.
In SO many of these movies, a victim will ask his or her tormentor, “Why are you doing this?”. If I have to write one myself, I would love it if they instead (one of these dark days) asked, “HOW are you doing this?”.