Roger Cobb is a horror writer that’s struggling for a big audience. He also wants to write about his experiences in Vietnam, against his publisher’s advice. It’s not the worst situation, but Roger’s life goes into a horrific topsy-turvy when he moves into his late Aunt’s house. The same house that she committed suicide in. Things start acting weird in the home, then get out right scary as ghosts and zombies try to kill Roger. He even sees his son who recently disappeared. That’s the basic plot of the movie HOUSE for this wonderful SCREAM-A-DAY.
This was a weird horror film that worked in several ways. Like many 80s films, it mixed horror, drama and some comedy together and didn’t take itself too seriously. Some of the scary moments reminded me of Evil Dead and Creep Show. William Katt did a descent job as the horror hero and concerned father Roger Cobb. George Wendt added great tongue-in-cheek comedic moments. It was also a change of pace for Katt from playing THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO.
I doubt that today’s generations will like this film as much as the 80s kids that grew up with it. But I could be wrong. HOUSE has something that spoke to young people back then, maybe the same holds true today. But it’s the grown folk’s job to introduce the young’ins to these horror treasures. And don’t forget to check out the equally entertaining HOUSE II.