House of Purgatory, Tyler Christensen’s Horror, Thriller
House of Purgatory, Tyler Christensen: Film Review
Director: Tyler Christensen
Writer: Tyler Christensen
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Four teenagers go looking for a legendary haunted house that gives you money back for every floor you can complete.
Once finding it, they realize the house is much more terrifying than a normal Halloween attraction – the house knows each of their secrets and one by one uses them against the teens.
Tyler Christensen makes his writing and directing debut with House of Purgatory. He is known for his work in producing and editing in television shows such as Billy the Exterminator, Wild West Alaska, Finding Bigfoot, and Owner’s Manual.
Aside from Billy the Exterminator and Finding Bigfoot, Christensen is a big advocate for reality tv and Dramas. House of Purgatory will prove to be his darkest work yet, and a very good start into the Horror circuit, or “the dark side”, as I like to say.
Amber (portrayed by Laura Coover), Veronica (portrayed by Marika Engelhardt), Ryan (portrayed by Brad Fry), and Nate (portrayed by Aaron Galvin) head out to search for a haunted house that’s rumored to pay it’s customers money for each floor they complete. But legend also says that no one has ever made it out alive.
Despite the stories, they search for the House of Purgatory anyway. As they wander through the house, they realize that the house is playing on their deepest secrets to breaking them down. Each one has a secret that they had long forgotten, but will soon come to the surface.
Amber was a promiscuous young woman, which led her to become pregnant at an early age and out of wedlock. I suspect this is the reason she has become the target for shame and ridicule.
Veronica was molested by her uncle at a young age while her father watched. Ryan is deep down a homosexual but tries to hide it. Nate accidentally ran a man over while under the influence of alcohol.
The host of the haunted attraction is The Skeleton (portrayed by Brian Krause). He acts as a guide into purgatory, or he could be a demon or Satan, himself.
The disguised employee is actually a demon that welcomes you into your own personal Hell. This is an awesome pitch and plot.
House of Purgatory opens up with creepy carnival music, which is a nice touch. It builds up the hype and intensity for the film.
House of Purgatory is more of a psychological scare than a jump scare, and it works well for this film. There are a few jump scares here and there, but most of it is psychological.
Horror movies geared specifically for the Halloween holiday are few and far. Most of them are kid-friendly or family-friendly, such as Hocus Pocus. While films such as this will always remain a Halloween classic, it’s nice to see more dark Horror films jump on board.
The first good adult-oriented Halloween Horror film to release since John Carpenter’s Halloween is Michael Dougherty’s Trick r Treat, so House of Purgatory couldn’t have come at a better time.
As a bonus, two new clips have been added to watch:
Door to the Unexpected
House of Purgatory is available on the following platforms:
- Amazon Instant
- Google Play
- Vimeo On Demand
The film will be released on the following platforms at a later date:
- Amazon Prime
- 24 Hour Movie Channel on Roku