Home (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Frank Lin
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Samantha Mumba, Kerry Knuppe
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Inception Media Group
Carrie, a young, spiritual woman is abandoned by her missionary father and forced to move in with her mother and stepsister whose lifestyle conflicts with everything she s come to believe in. In addition to this test on her values and convictions, Carrie believes the new house possesses evil paranormal forces. During one terrifying night after her mother leaves on a business trip, Carrie and her boyfriend conduct an exorcism to rid the house of its supernatural presence. But, instead of purging the spirit, they awaken an even more sinister terror that begins to haunt and torture them. Now, Carrie must confront savage forces to protect her little sister and her life.
Home is about what you’d expect it to be. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that is all the way a bad thing, but you’ve come to expect about what you get with Home out of most ghost stories that find their way to DVD. Of course as a big kicker for this one, we do have horror legend Heather Langenkamp here and no true horror fan is going to be mad about seeing her. While a movie that doesn’t really have any gore or bad words, it is a movie that seems to really play-up the fact that Carrie’s mother is a lesbian. Outside of that, things are pretty by the book more or less. The movie makes good use of suspense and tension, but fails to do much more in the way of anything we’ve not seen before. The worst act this one commits is perhaps taking a bit too long to get to where it is going. I’d probably a bit more positive to say about things, had the movie not taken so long to get rolling along. I like mood and atmosphere as good as the next person, but you can’t drag your feet too much, especially without any bells and whistles to help things along. This one really is bad in the pacing side of things.
This is also a movie with a twist. One that may make you either like it or not depending on how you take the twist. I’ve seen some online who loved it and I’ve seen other that just didn’t seem to buy it. I’m not too sure how I feel about it and I’m not sure if that is good or bad. Maybe it is at least good when I take into account that I never seen it coming and that has to count for something. Home is a very old school-ish horror movie, but it might be more along the lines of an early 2000’s old school or mid 90’s, rather than 80’s or 70’s, even if it does seem to want to be a lot like a slow-burning 70’s movie. You won’t be blown away by what Home has to offer, but you might at least be able to finish it and be a bit shocked by the ending. Again, it is a movie that doesn’t do much of anything new outside the idea we have a lesbian couple, which shouldn’t even worthy of mentioning in a review these days since that’s a common thing now, but the movie does bring the thing up a bit so I figured I would as well. This is a movie that seems to pack a lot of undertones and deeper meaning than just what we get on the surface. That isn’t a bad thing, but you need to make things a bit more exciting none the less.