If you’ve been there, you know: house-hunting can be the ultimate horror show. Home pumps up the suspense as it weaves the tale of an ambitious young realtor tasked with selling a house with a horrible past.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2014
Writer-director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) returns to the world of horror once more, and proves that the vision and unique sensibility of that first chiller were no fluke. His follow-up, Home, kicks the terror up a notch or three and results in a scary sophomore effort that weaves three storylines around one haunted house. Leigh, a young estate agent, is sought to sell a home with a chequered past. She crosses paths with a troubled girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the people selling the property. When Leigh tries to mediate and help, she becomes entangled with a demonic force that soon has her artist sister Vera in its grasp. Belying its blank-faced title, Home delivers really unsettling imagery and jarring shocks that will definitely freak out even the most jaded horror fan.
“In an effort to keep the film’s twisting narrative and unexpected plot contortions a secret, let’s just say that Home is sort of like several horror movies in one… Call it a haunted house/possessed women/evil pregnancy flick if you must, but Home is simply a very smart, sometimes strange, and oddly satisfying piece of horror cinema.” — Scott Weinberg, Fearnet