Movie Title: The Open House
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 34 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
The Wallace family is struck by tragedy in the opening scenes of The Open House. On a routine trip to the corner store Brian Wallace is rundown. Naomi Wallace, now a widow, struggles to make ends meet, so she accepts an offer to move up to a lake house rent free. The only condition is that the house is for sale and on Sunday they need to get out for the day.
Strange things start happening before they even arrive at the house. They almost run over a stranger on the road who mysteriously disappears. They run into their closest neighbor Martha who is more than a little strange. After showing up in the middle of the night in a dementia riddled stupor she disappears into the night. The realtors are strange. Everything is strange.
The movie establishes atmosphere and premise and then doesn’t do anything with it. As the movie goes on it becomes more preposterous. Imagine you are at a magic show. You choose a card and it is revealed to the audience. Then the magician takes the deck, gets in his car, and goes home. The reveal is that bad. It doesn’t get any better from there, at points devolving into absolute nonsense. The ending is atrocious.
Despite a pretty location, some decent acting, and a nice house there is a significant lack of plot developments. The most frightening thing in the movie is a pilot light that won’t stay lit and a complete lack of logic. Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)