Reviews Review: House of Salem, a Supernatural Thriller With a ‘Wicker Man’ Vibe Published 2 years ago on July 18, 2017 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet Imagine if Danny in the Shining didn’t talk to his finger but instead a stuffed autistic lamb called St. Peter. Now imagine if he were kidnapped by clowns with Londoner accents. Throw in a secret society and trigger happy crooks and you get House of Salem, a supernatural thriller with a creepy Wicker Man vibe. The makers of House of Salem know how to fill screen space well and each frame appears to have been well thought out in a much less amateurish manner than you’d expect from a first time low budget British horror. The best looking scenes involve high contrast light and shadow in rooms with muted colours. A red, white and black palette is often used. One character wears a fragmented, faded Union Jack and the Bayeux Tapestry decorates the house walls. Maybe I’m reading too much into it but I saw this as a possible reflection of Britain’s current state. The filmmakers manage to keep the unfolding mystery interesting while building up a slow burn sense of unease. However they fail to create any real tension. There are several unsuccessful attempts at jump scares despite the best efforts of a competent sound designer. The premise of a kidnapped child offers great potential for suspense but unfortunately this is wasted. The actors do a fine job and those behind the camera are inventive enough. The main issue of the script. Awkwardly forced expository dialogue and loose pacing weaken any sense of threat and turn scares into lulls. The editing also suffers from the kind of ever-so-slightly overlong shots that you’d expect from someone fresh out of film school. Despite these flaws there are plenty of “oh blimey!” moments to keep British horror fans hooked till the credits roll. Related Topics: Up Next Review: ‘Sharknado 5: Global Swarming’ is Nothing New or Inventive Don't Miss Gareth Paterson Review: “Friday the 13th: The Game” is Gleefully Brutal Advertisement You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNZEMdODcq4 Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News8 hours ago Evil Child Does Horrific Things in the Final Trailer for ‘Brightburn’ Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago Own ‘Halloween’ 2018 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Steelbook Featuring Todd Mcfarlane’s Artwork News3 days ago Soska Sisters Lock Down First-Look Deal With Cronenberg Producer Prospero Pictures News3 days ago New ‘Masters of the Universe’ Movie is Scheduled for a March 5th, 2021 Release Date Music4 days ago Slipknot Video “UNSAINTED” Features Corey Taylor’s New Mask Created by Tom Savini! News4 weeks ago Rob Zombie’s ‘3 From Hell’ Receives an R-Rating for Strong Sadistic Violence Editorials4 weeks ago 10 Goriest Horror Movies You Need to See From the Last Three Decades News3 weeks ago New ‘Child’s Play’ Remake Image Reveals a Closer Look at Chucky’s Face News4 weeks ago NECA Shares Photo Gallery for Their New Roy Burns Action Figure from ‘A New Beginning’ News3 weeks ago Rob Zombie Teases ‘Three From Hell’ Trailer Debut and Shares New Captain Spaulding Image News8 hours ago Evil Child Does Horrific Things in the Final Trailer for ‘Brightburn’ News4 days ago [Video] New ‘Child’s Play’ Featurette Showcases Six Animatronic Chucky Dolls News5 days ago Watch the New Restricted Trailer for Zombie Horror Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ News1 week ago Horror Icon Linnea Quigley Takes on Clowns in the Official Trailer for ‘Clownado’ News2 weeks ago Pennywise Rises from the Sewers in the First ‘IT: Chapter Two’ Teaser Trailer! Advertisement Trending Editorials3 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News2 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News2 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News2 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News2 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News2 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!