The House at the End of Time (2013)

Salutations my screechers, screamers, and scary dreamers,

Tonight’s tale of terror entitled “The House at the End of Time” sees senior detainee Dulce, an innocent inmate, released and returned to her haunted home.  She soon sees familiar forms frequenting her household’s hallways bringing back memories of mystery, murder, and manifestations. Her honesty in doubt, driven Dulce digs into her house’s hidden history.

This film starts off with a shot then jumps around through time to fill in the plot.  While the breakneck beginning may leave one feeling befuddled the makeup effects keep the story from getting muddled as we watch the events slowly unfold and our lead alternates between young and old.  The advantage of the slower pace is that our lead actress is given plenty of space to turn her role into a truly well rounded part that exudes a lot of character and heart.  Her struggles with finances and marital strife are problems that feel so true to life that I found myself hoping that she would succeed because I was able to sympathize with her need.

The supporting players are given a lot to do so they end up feeling well developed too.  When the priest was initially shown I let out an audible groan because the doubting cleric has become so stale that I was annoyed to think it would corrode this tale.  Surprisingly, the priest was an especially refreshing change as he never thought Dulce’s story was strange but instead began to research the house’s history in hopes of solving the bizarre mystery.  This was the movie’s first indication of how it planned to defy expectations by pretending to show us the usual ropes and then subtly subverting the horror tropes.

The moody lighting adds something more and paired with the creaking score they help one to feel haunted and alone which is perfectly consistent with this picture's tone.  At the beginning the feeling of dread is strong but it diminishes as the film moves along so this movie may cause some aggravation for those who do not stick around for the culmination.  To be honest, this clever yarn had me so involved that I wanted to see how it all was solved and I did not mind the lessening tension but I still feel it deserves a mention.

Story/Concept: 2
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 1
TOTAL: 8/10

In conclusion, to give credit where credit is due this film offers a creepy point of view on an idea that is not a horror concept in a manner that is surprisingly adept so those wanting cheap scares should just turn away but those tired of the usual should definitely stay.

Stick to the shadows my fine friends.

Sincerely,
Mr. William Nightshade