The House on Pine Street (2015) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Directors: Austin Keeling, Aaron Keeling
Producers: Natalie Jones, Aaron Keeling, Austin Keeling, Monique Thomas
Writers: Natalie Jones, Aaron Keeling, Austin Keeling
Date Released: February 28, 2015
Emily Goss as Jennifer
Taylor Bottles as Luke
Cathy Barnett as Meredith
Jim Korinke as Walter
Natalie Pellegrini as Lauren
Tisha Swart-Entwistle as Marlene
Keagon Ellison as Brad
Daniel Shirley as Tyler
Rating = 2.5 /5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The House on Pine Street” finds an expectant young mother returns to her hometown in Kansas after an unexpected mental breakdown. The rental house that seems to be haunted — at least it does to the wife, whose perception of something ominously amiss raises the thought that this is suburban Kansas.
While coping with her fears of motherhood, a strained relationship with her husband, Luke, and the overbearing presence of her own mother, Meredith, Jennifer struggles to regain control of her life.
The atmosphere of The House on Pine Street is to be its strongest quality – the scares are well paced throughout the film and there is no reliance on overused jump scares or gore to terrify the audience. What makes the film scary is the unknown and curiosity of the entity in the house.
The Grave Review
Emily Goss does a good job of making her role believable – her facial expressions are very accurate and throughout the film she genuinely does look scared and shocked. Cinematography is done well, with the camera constantly tracking Jennifer as she goes to discover the noises in her house, leaving the audience to be just as vulnerable as she is.
Unfortunately, however, about an hour into the (overlong) running time, and the questions posed by the film become less of the “are the supernatural goings-on real or imagined”?
The middle of the film became quite repetitive and slow, which is slightly boring. There are quite a few shocks along the way, which are enough to bring those distracted viewers back on track, and what’s great about this film is that it is open to interpretation; was it just a figment of Jennifer’s imagination or was there really something tormenting her and her family?
As it turns out, the ‘ghost’ in the house is supposed to be a manifestation of Jennifer’s negative feelings towards her life and that is because the people she is surrounded by, are completely apathetic towards her.
Because of the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The House on Pine Street (2015) two and a half graves out of five graves.
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