Reviews Review: House of Salem, a Supernatural Thriller With a ‘Wicker Man’ Vibe Published 3 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 Comments Advertisement Facebook Featured Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UoSqJFMS-A&t=20s Advertisement Latest Popular Videos Blu-Ray & DVD1 day ago Nucleus Films Releasing ‘Death Ship’ Extended Special Edition Blu-Ray in the UK This July Editorials2 days ago Bruce Markusen Looks Back at Six Horror Films from (1980) News4 days ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Director Teases Seriously Violent Michael Myers Murder Scene News4 days ago Todd McFarlane’s ‘Spawn’ Reboot in Very Active Development at Blumhouse Blu-Ray & DVD5 days ago ‘The Invisible Man’ Getting Uncut 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray in the UK This June News3 weeks ago New Details Revealed on ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Reboot News4 days ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Director Teases Seriously Violent Michael Myers Murder Scene News3 weeks ago ‘Halloween’ Watch Party With Jamie Lee Curtis and More Taking Place This Saturday Music2 weeks ago ‘Halloween Kills’ Update: David Gordon Green Provides More Details During Twitter Watch Party News3 weeks ago Another Official Still from ‘Terrifier 2’ Shows a Bloody Art the Clown Videos3 weeks ago [Video] Watch Tommy Lee Wallace Convert a Captain Kirk Mask into Michael Myers! News2 months ago [Video] Greg Nicotero Teases Giant Spider for “Creepshow” Season Two News2 months ago [Trailer] ‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Takes on Dolls, Clowns and Leprechauns in ‘Evil Little Things’ News3 months ago [Video] New Footage from the Set of ‘Halloween Kills’ Shows Michael Myers Walking the Streets News3 months ago [Trailer] Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Dares You to Repeat His Name Five Times Trending Editorials4 years ago The Many Different Michael Myers Masks Used In Halloween: H20 News3 years ago Todd McFarlane Makes An Announcement on His ‘Spawn’ Script News3 years ago Photo of Doug Bradley Back in Pinhead Makeup for First Time in 12 Years! Blu-Ray & DVD3 years ago Arrow Video Bringing J.S. Cardone’s 1982 Slasher ‘The Slayer’ to Blu-Ray! News3 years ago George A. Romero to Bring ‘Pint of the Living Dead’ to Ottawa ComicCon News3 years ago Official “Friday the 13th: The Game” Release Date Finally Announced! News3 years ago New Photos From Adam Ripp’s Demonic Horror Flick ‘Devil’s Whisper’ News3 years ago Spike’s “The Mist” New Series Trailer Features Gore and Scares!