When I realized this film was directed by the same guys responsible for ZOMBIE STRIPPERS!, I wasn’t sure what to think. Should I expect campy comedy? Or was this an attempt at serious horror? Regardless of which direction these guys took, I figured I was in for fun. And boy, was I right! THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES is a crazy, gory, cheeky horror/comedy hybrid, and it delivers on every level! It’s definitely not for those with weak stomachs, but it has a nice dose of dark humor as well. Overall, this is one hell of an addition to my horror-comedy library!
If you are not familiar with THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Artsploitation Films:
It’s Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap in the gory mockumentary THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, the grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable. Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned. Filmed entirely through the perspective of Ed’s many cameras, and labeled “one of the greatest horror films of the century” by Film Radar, this film is as shocking as it is slyly satirical about violence and media exploitation.
I wasn’t sure a movie about snuff films could actually be funny, but directors Jay Lee and Jim Roof succeed in making it so. Granted, this is a solid horror flick in its own accord without the humor, so those who do not find it funny can take solace in that. But if you watch for both aspects, you’ll be doubly pleased.
THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES is shot well, even though it is from the perspective of the video cameras strewn throughout the house. I am impressed with how well the production crew is able to blend them all together so well to create a fluid film. And they don’t hamper the film, either, like some found-footage does. There’s no overly shaky camera shots or anything like that here.
The acting is great, with Jim Roof and Shannon Malone heading up the cast. These two make THE PERFECT psychotic couple, and their performances bristle with both humor and drama. I hope these two team up again in the future, as they play off of each other perfectly.
The special effects in THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES are impressive, and there’s plenty of gore to go around. I particularly like a couple of the torture scenes from Ed’s “dungeon”. I won’t go into graphic detail, but there’s plenty of carnage put to film, I assure you.
If I were forced to find a negative about THE HOUSE WITH 100 EYES, I simply couldn’t. The film is well made and a lot of fun. As such, I give this a huge thumbs up. I recommend every horror fan and gore-hound check this one out soon. It will be available next week, so make a note!