Wednesday, January 14, 2015

IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES (2012)


IN THE HOUSE OF FLIES (2012)

Label: Parade Deck Films
Region Code: 1
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 91 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) 

Director: Gabriel Carrer
Cast: Henry Rollins, Lindsay Smith, Ryan Kotack

A young couple on a date at the carnival return to their car where they smell something funny... they wake up hours later trapped in a basement of a rural home. The cellar door is out of reach and the only items in the basement are a series of brief cases and a telephone by which they can only communicate with their unseen captor. 

The idea seems to be that they will be starved to death, fed only sparsely when they give in to the demands of their captor, if they refuse they are punished or threatened with harm. Complicating matters is that the young woman is expectant with a child and their captor fucks with young mother-to-be at every turn. As the days in captivity turn to week they are starved and psychologically toyed with to the mental-breaking point, thoughts of suicide wash over them as they are tormented and encouraged to kill themselves to ensure the other's survival. 

The film is claustrophobic and tightly woven, this young couple s put through the meat grinder, enduring a waking nightmare of emotional and physical trauma. I give quite a bit of credit to actors Lindsay Smith and Ryan Kotack for their sincere and sympathetic performances. By the end of the film I was exhausted and frustrated by the experience in the best possible way. This is a fantastic low-budget thriller - most of it shot in the confines of a basement - but the emotional scale is dynamic and tough to endure. 

The crew take advantage of some keen cinematography with great use of skewed camera angles that enhance the charged-emotional atmosphere and claustrophobic setting. Layered over that we have a fantastic score than accentuates the tension and unstable emotional moments the characters endure. 

To be honest the film does not necessarily do anything new in respect to what we have seen previously from the abduction/torture genre but it is so nicely executed. It put me through the wringer in a good way. A very high recommended for a film that on paper probably wouldn't have that much appeal to me, but the cast and crew have created something quite special. 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- 45 minute Behind The Scenes Documentary
- Spanish Premiere Archival Footage
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailers
- Director and Writers Commentary


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