Jennifer and Luke are a young married couple expecting a baby who decide to move back to her home town after she suffers a breakdown. They rent a house from an odd looking sort (arranged through Jennifer’s Mother) and move in. The Mother is an interfering type and Jennifer has an estranged relationship with her. Luke gets a job locally and throws himself into his new role as Jennifer gets the house up together.
Weird noises start and Jennifer is convinced she s not alone in the house. Her friend from Chicago comes to stay and this doesn’t help matters as her young child starts talking to somewhere who isn’t there. Is Jennifer losing her mind or is their house possessed or haunted by some kind of spirit?
The House on Pine Street is not your usual Insidious type haunted house movie as there is very little in the way of effects apart from very carefully placed sounds and the odd shadows. It’s a real one woman show as actress Emily Goss owns the screen as you totally sympathise with her with what she’s going through. The film contains some right strange townsfolk especially at a welcoming party for the couple where quite a few of the locals look slightly deranged, it’s only Jennifer, Luke, the Mother and Jennifer’s best friend who seem reasonably normal.
I quite liked the movie, it was well made and atmospheric. I would have preferred a bit more ghostly set pieces, but it’s played out very seriously and is more of a thriller than a horror. A bit different than a million Amityville sequels or rip offs, so fair play to the film-makers.
- Starring Emily Goss Taylor Bottles Cathy Barnett
- Directors Aaron and Austin Keeling
- Distributor Second Sight