Domicile, The. Has Great Production, Special Effects, Doesn’t Scare

Director: Jared Cohn DecayMag.com Jared Cohn Domicile

Writer: Jared Cohn

Release Date: 22nd, August 2017

Release Format: DVD, VOD

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 82 min

Synopsis:

Russel Brody, a one-time successful playwright, works diligently on a follow-up play that could land him back in the spotlight he so early craves. With a baby on the way, however, and a strained marriage, stress and frustration take center stage. When his wife accidentally stumbles down the stairs and dies from her injuries, Brody’s mental state goes from bad to one of utter despair. In a bid to help his friend regain his sanity, Brody’s co-writer David Stanley suggests he revisits Lucy, his former mistress. The ghost of Brody’s dead wife awakens to the sordid details of his unfaithfulness, enraging her supernatural spirit to haunt him in every horrifying way imaginable. At first, Brody thinks he’s hallucinating and hearing things in his head, the result of his state of mind and alcohol. But as things intensify, his grip on sanity quickly slips away, and he starts to go mad. Appearing in every shadow, and provoking him relentlessly, the ghost cranks up her onslaught, making his life a living hell. Brody reaches his breaking point when the ghost possesses his former mistress, and he’s forced to confront the scorned entity — resulting in a climax of both psychological and physical terror.

1. Overview:

That was a long synopsis I’m afraid, and it actually detailed everything about the film! Ok, so spoilers aside, when you finish reading the synopsis you instantly hope that maybe the film is different and fresh and since it has a lot of drama going on it could actually captivate you in either a comic way or a true horror way that would help you forget how dumb the story is…
I do want to write good things about the film and don’t get me wrong, there’s some good potential here, but The Domicile is, as expected, a mess.

Studio: MTI Home Video

Cast includes:

Steve Richard Harris as Russell Brody

Katherine Flannery as Estella Brody

Amanda Ruth Ritchie as Samantha

Demetrius Stear as David Stanley

Sara Malakul Lane as Lucy

2. Pros:

Even though I started rough, I must praise the atmosphere and cinematography here. As a whole, the film could have worked, but something went wrong along the way. The production is flawless, the atmosphere is creepy, the special fx are great, even surprising for a low-budget film but that would be all that the film captivates and shines. That’s sad because it could have been a great breakthrough on the genre, instead, it fails on how the story develops and how the characters intertwine with each other.

3. Cons:

The core problem of The Domicile is the lack of fluidity and continuous action till the ultimately climax. Everything is messy and confusing. At some point, I couldn’t follow the character’s decisions and how the story unfolds.

Cohn tries and you can feel the love he has for horror films but when you mix everything all together with no coherence and order it fails to deliver what you desired in the first place. I think this is the main problem; the story gets confusing, repetitive, and it doesn’t let you breathe for a second… The ghost appears too many times, Samantha – as the crazy woman who believes a demon follows her- is too much crazy and Amanda Ruth Richie’s performance although surprising it gets annoying and repetitive. The other performances feel overacted, and they didn’t feel believable.

I had a problem as well with the aftermath of Estella’s death, Russell’s wife. It is the most likable character in the film and she dies but you don’t see the grief on screen from any of the characters and that threw me off. I was disappointed. How come Russell lost his wife and his twins and a year after wants to get back to his mistress?

4. In Conclusion:

Great effects and scary ghost but fall short to surprise the viewer. I was disappointed how clumsy the film is although the intense cinematography and style are commendable.

Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
80 %
Performances
50 %
Originality / Redefining
15 %
Plot
10 %
Practical Effects
70 %
Scare Factor
10 %
Score
50 %
Special Effects
80 %
Viewing Experience
20 %
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Filmmaker and aspiring director. David was born in France and lived most of his life in Portugal. He has a Licence in Cinema, a professional degree in Directing Films and he took some workshops about Filmmaking and Dubbing Animation. He loves photography and Lomography, music and cinema. In 2007 he directed and starred in the low-budget short-film “Sweet Madness”, two years later he wrote, directed and composed for “the continuous noise” (“o ruido contínuo”). He wrote, produced & directed his first horror short-film “Girls Night”.

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