It does what a horror film is supposed to do

by Martin Hafer

The House on Pine Street is an excellent example of the horror genre. It’s good because the purpose of a horror film is to leave you scared and disturbed…and it does a really good job of scaring viewers half to death. While the story is pretty good, what makes the movie work is the mood. Directors Aaron and Austin Keeling do a great job of building suspense and setting a dark and forbidding tone. Along with the effective music, you cannot help but be pulled into this tense story.

The story begins with a young couple moving back to the wife’s hometown. She’s pregnant but instead of being happy to be near her mother, Jennifer (Emily Goss) is tense and you soon see why. Her mother is a very controlling and difficult person–and Jennifer dreads being near her. However, while Jennifer thinks this is her big problem she soon realizes she has an even bigger one on her hands…the house is haunted or filled with demonic spirits or something ungodly is going on there. However, while she notices weird sounds, finds faucets turning on by themselves and even, on occasion, sees people who soon disappear, her mother and husband are very dismissive of Jennifer’s fears about the house. They treat her again and again like she is losing her mind. What’s really going on here and what about Jennifer’s baby….? And are the mother and husband somehow in on it….but what is it?!

The House on Pine Street
Directed by
Austin Keeling
Emily Goss, Taylor Bottles, Cathy Barnett
Release Date
19 November 2015
Martin’s Grade: A

If you are a person who insists that every loose end is tied up perfectly and you eventually must understand what is happening and why, then you might just be a bit disappointed in this movie. It ends leaving many questions unanswered. This doesn’t mean there are plot holes but it leaves the viewer to decide for themselves as to what’s really happening. This didn’t bother me because why this all occurs didn’t seem to matter. It was clear, like in another scary film, 1408, that this house simply was evil and was bent on driving Jennifer out of her mind…or worse. See this film…it’s an excellent low budget film that proves you don’t need a huge budget in order to craft a very good picture.