The American suburbs in the 1980s in one of my favourite places to visit, especially when it comes from the mind of Speilberg. Whilst establishing the life of the family the haunted house elements are slowly introduced. The family always feel real which is why when the horror starts it's believable and so effective. The title and premise suggest a horror film but for the majority of the film I was reminded more of Close Encounters, where normal people just have to deal with an extraordinary situation. There are scares but not too many which only makes them more effective. Towards the end things become more chaotic and the film slides more into horror but it is an enjoyable theme park style ride which feels fully deserved after everything that precedes it.
February 20, 2014 at 07:01PM