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is Gleefully Brutal Advertisement You may like Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.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=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago Sam Raimi’s Twisted Splatstick Sequel ‘Evil Dead 2’ is Getting a 4K Ultra HD (UK) Blu-Ray Blu-Ray & DVD2 days ago Scream Factory Shares Bonus Feature Details for ‘Willard’ Blu-Ray News3 days ago ‘Halloween’ Producer Ryan Turek “Would Love” to Work on Next ‘Friday the 13th’ Movie News3 days ago Anne Hathaway Lands Role as the Grand High Witch in New Adaptation of ‘The Witches’ Blu-Ray & DVD4 days ago Pet Sematary Getting 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook 4K Ultra HD (UK) Blu-Ray News1 week ago Michael Myers Watches Allyson as She Encounters a Hanging Dog in Haunting Deleted Scene News3 weeks ago Deleted Scene from ‘Halloween’ Reveals What Happened to Cameron Blu-Ray & DVD1 week ago Tom Holland’s ‘Fright Night’ Gets an Unlimited US Blu-Ray Release from Sony Blu-Ray & DVD4 weeks ago ’70s Giallo ‘Strip Nude For Your Killer’ Comes to Blu-Ray With New 2K Restoration from Arrow Video News4 weeks ago New Line’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Reimagining is Still Happening News4 days ago (Video) Breaking: ‘Ghostbusters 3’ Coming in (2020) Teases Return of the Classic Ecto-1 News4 days ago Horror Short ‘Knock Knock Knock Knock’ Homages Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci News1 week ago Michael Myers Watches Allyson as She Encounters a Hanging Dog in Haunting Deleted Scene News2 weeks ago Jackson Robert Scott is Possessed by an Evil Entity in the New Trailer for ‘The Prodigy’ News2 weeks ago Official Trailer for ‘Blood Bound’ Plays With Dark Magic Advertisement Trending Horror Lists3 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! News2 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon Blu-Ray & DVD2 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! 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!