House on Elm Lake, Powerful Performances Excel In Supernatural Thriller
House on Elm Lake Film Details
Director: James Klass
Writer: Shannon Holiday,
James Klass (associate writer)
Release Date: 11 September 2017 (UK) April 10th, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 1h 36min
A couple and their young daughter move into a lake house that remained unsold due to the brutal, ritualistic murder of a family years ago. Soon, they realize that a dormant evil has awakened, a possessive force that has preyed on unsuspecting families like theirs for centuries.
For House on Elm Lake, one component that fascinated me was the profound dramatic substance. Although the set of characters were cliché, it was the performers that established the memorable roles.
For her many dimensions of emotion, Actress Becca Hirani becomes the centerpiece of this production. Hirani’s character evolves throughout the course of the film and while I had a dilemma with its familiarity, I settled myself rooting for this character’s survival. Actor Andrew Hollingworth conveyed the quintessential role of a husband yielding to the influence of unseen evil forces. Yet, he too expressed remarkable on-screen charisma with his metamorphosis from a mild-mannered man into a malevolent personage.
A tremendous ovation extends out to each actor and actress for their appropriate conveyance of trepidation and melancholy, despairs that come to fruition once the paranormal events develop. House on Elm Lake may or may not conjure fright factor, this reaction rests on the viewer’s tolerance for Horror visuals. Yet, am glad ridiculous jump scares did not appear in this film. Instead, Director James Klass elected for sophisticated build-ups to summon the appropriate measure of fear-inducing moments. Eerie, disturbing are appropriate definitions encapsulating many of the scenes presented in Klass’ film.
House on Elm Lake did not feel inventive in its narrative but through technical execution, the tale develops into an unusual translation of the supernatural. The film progressed with such poise that even the drone B-footage enhanced the overall presentation with melodramatic fashion. I appreciated the intimate technique Klass adopted to arrest the evolving circumstances. From the romantic love scenes to the gut-wrenching conflicts the camera is front and center to capture it all. Also, the lighting was adequate to communicate a sense of calamity and an eerie feel of serenity.
The practical effects were reserved to bottles of corn syrup and pancake compound. It is not breakfast time while I compose this article. Yet, food references best illustrate the blood and pale-faced apparitions seen throughout the film. The negative will have to be the disastrous value of CGI within the final minutes to ACT III. Noticeable use of computer graphics is only reserved at this instance of the film, thank goodness for that.
In terms of the script, I compliment the writing team for expressing an unforgettable ending. Overall, the execution for House on Elm Lake was on point. Yet, the plot was a cut-and-paste template from previous, comparable-themed releases.
House on Elm Lake will wow audiences with its dynamic portraits. Actress Becca Hirani and Actor Andrew Hollingworth compliment each other extraordinarily well. As I point out throughout this analysis the narrative makes the film predictable. Yet, there are many exceptional technical and acting merits that the plot does not become a critical issue. The practical effects were simplistic yet sufficient in staging ghostly apparitions. As with most supernatural films, the gore factor seems nonexistent here. There are scenes portraying brutality against minors and women and a nude angry old man is equally as dreadful.