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2016 / Horror, Thriller
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Directed by Tyler Christensen
Written by Tyler Christensen
Starring Laura Coover, Marika Engelhardt, Brad Fry, Aaron Galvin and Elaine Ivy Harris

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 following tags are associated with this movie: supernatural, Halloween
House of Purgatory (2016)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

6 / 10
While there are a few decent moments, I felt as though the movie as a whole was rather average. It starts off okay and becomes a little more interesting when they meet with the guy at the ticket booth. However, halfway through the movie there is a sudden plot turn that I just didn't really care for, which is after they have gone through a couple floors of this haunted house (or whatever you want to call it) and they suddenly end up back outside. I didn't really care for where the movie took things from that point forward.

House of Purgatory was okay as a one-time viewing. Though, I can't see myself wanting to come back to this one anytime soon.
House of Purgatory (2016)
Review by Michael Mahoney

9 / 10
This movie doesn't have that atypical a plot: On Halloween night, four high school kids go looking for a legendary haunted house, reputed to refund your money for each floor of the house completed. It's a moderately generic plot, but the execution is superb in most ways.

The characters are all decently realistic, and when the haunted house makes them face their inner fears, it really humanizes some of the characters who were less real beforehand (Ryan, played by Brad Fry, is a good case in point). The whole concept is done well, really. Four teens enter this house, and throughout the night, secrets that each one holds become revealed. Some of them seemingly small, and others rather big. And it's a fun ride throughout (despite much of the content and secrets being rather serious and culturally topical).

My biggest issue with this film is the ending, though, which I didn't think did enough to explain things, and it felt both corny and unnecessary. I had a list in my mind of different possible endings that would have been better, but apparently that wasn't to be, which for an otherwise deeply enjoyable film, was a bit of a letdown. The production value on this movie is quite a bit higher than I foresaw it being, and while there are jump scares here and there, this movie has more to offer than that. A surprising movie that I rather enjoyed, this is a Halloween movie I'd recommend.
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