Reviews Review: ‘Death House’ Grinds to a Halt as a Full Feature Published 3 weeks ago on November 20, 2018 By Gareth Paterson Share Tweet Imagine a horror movie with cameos from the likes of Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig, Vernon Wells, Lloyd Kaufman, Felissa Rose and many more. The chances are that the film you just thought up in your head is much more interesting and exciting than Death House. This really was a wasted opportunity. The chance to use these icons of the genre was squandered on an incoherent, rather boring 90 minutes that felt a lot longer. It might have worked as a fun short film but the pacing grinds to a halt as a full feature. Written by the late Gunnar Hansen, it’s about a prison full of serial killers that suddenly suffers a power outage. The inmates take this opportunity to run amok and eat the staff. The premise sounds very promising. I mean how hard is it to make that exciting? Unfortunately It feels like the film makers put real effort into boring the audience. The main appeal will be the impressive cast list. Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder and Barbara Crampton get more screen time than the other stars. They do the best they can but no amount of effort can save this film. The major issue is that there is a serious lack of structure, pacing and characterisation. The two leads who we follow through the high tech prison are not given the opportunity to win us over. We simply don’t care whether they survive. The film also feels tortuously overlong. Not much seems to happen for the first half. Dull scenes explaining the functions of the facility could have been shortened. The focus should have been on the chaos that ensues during the blackout. There are some moments that are worth seeing. The grisly, monstrous human experiments of the Death House showcase some truly nightmarish makeup. There is also a loving tribute to the Gunnar Hansen. I can see what Hansen was trying to do. There are numerous scenes that discuss the fracturing of modern morality. Unfortunately his script was not given the budget or quality production it deserved. They should have embraced the schlocky premise and created a fun gore fest. Instead we got a meandering mess. There was a moment where a man is being savagely beaten to death and I thought “this is very boring.” That’s not a good sign! Related Topics:Bill MoseleyDeath HouseKane Hodder Up Next Review: ‘The Predator’ Has Enough Explosions and Severed Limbs to Give Some Momentary Fun Don't Miss Review: ‘Halloween’ (2018) Delivers on its Promise to Make Michael Myers Scary Again! Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Adam Green’s ‘Victor Crowley’ Slashes Onto Limited Edition VHS Rob Zombie Shares ‘Three from Hell’ Preview and Promises Full Trailer Soon! Sheri Moon Zombie Rocks a “Free Baby” Shirt in New ‘3 From Hell’ Photo ‘31’ Actor Richard Brake Stars in Rob Zombie Sequel ‘3 From Hell’ Bill Moseley Praises Rob Zombie’s ‘3 From Hell’ as Filming Officially Wraps The Carnage Continues as Rob Zombie Officially Begins Filming ‘Devil’s Rejects 2: 3 From Hell’! Click to comment Facebook Advertisement Dark Universe Presents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0T8C3JIJLA&t=22s Twitter Follow @DUHDNews Advertisement Latest Popular Videos News1 day ago Barbara Crampton “Would Love” to Return to ‘Re-Animator’ in a New Re-Imagining or TV Series News2 days ago Michael Myers Hangs Out With Mannequins in New Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Reviews2 days ago Review: Leprechaun Returns is a Great Horror Throwback, Full of Fun Blood and Guts News3 days ago NECA Presents New 7″ Pennywise: The “Dancing Clown” Figure, Releasing 2019 News3 days ago Jamie Lee Curtis is Happy to Return for Next ‘Halloween’ Sequel But She’s Not Heard Anything News2 weeks ago Epic Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Show Off the Mask and Gruesome Props News4 weeks ago Gruesome Behind-the-Scenes Photos from ‘Halloween’ Show Michael’s Deformed Hand News4 weeks ago ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Trailer Takes You Back to the Original Film’s Well News3 weeks ago New Line Cinema’s Third ‘Annabelle’ Film Gets an Official Synopsis News3 weeks ago New Trailer and Poster for ‘Lifechanger’ Will Drain the Life Out of You 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!