Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime Movie Network premiere, House of Darkness: New Blood!
Why Was I Watching It?
The main reason I was watching it was because it was on Lifetime.
That said, I was also intrigued by the fact that Lifetime was premiering a horror film. In the past, horror has been one of the few genres that Lifetime has usually avoided. It’s only been rather recently that Lifetime started to show movies that could even be considered a part of the horror genre and, as a horror aficionado, I’m curious to see what this development will lead to.
Of course, another big reason why I was watching it was because it’s been raining nonstop since Thursday so, for once, I actually spent a Friday night at home. There’s nothing like watching a horror movie while surrounded by rain, thunder, and lightning!
What Was It About?
Judd (Liam McNeill) has asked Brooke (Kate Stone) to marry him! Yay!
There’s only a few problems. For one, Brooke’s creepy son, Dylan (Jake T. Getman), doesn’t seem to like Judd that much. Secondly, Brooke has yet to meet Judd’s mother, Elaine (Hilary Momberger-Powers). Elaine, it turns out, lives in a big house out in the country, a house that’s full of secrets and — you guessed it — darkness! When Judd takes Brooke and Dylan out to the house, Elaine doesn’t seem to be happy to see any of them. Judd says that it’s just a symptom of Elaine’s dementia but is that all there is to it?
Soon, Brooke is hearing weird noises, seeing dark shadows, and having terrible nightmares. Judd says that it’s probably just a side effect of the sleep aid that she’s taking but Brooke isn’t too sure. Is it all in Brooke’s head or has she truly discovered …. A HOUSE OF DARKNESS!?
There were a few effectively creepy moments. The house was big and spooky and full of ominous atmosphere and Hilary Momberger-Powers did a good job as Elaine. She kept you guessing and off-balance.
What Did Not Work?
House of Darkness ran into the same problem that’s haunted a lot of made-for-TV horror films. It’s difficult to maintain suspense when you the story has to come to a stop every 15-to-20 minutes for a commercial break. Every time that I found myself starting to get invested in the storyline, it was suddenly time for that Humira commercial where that guy meets his girlfriend’s parents for the first time.
The fact that it was on television also meant that the horror often had to be a bit low-key. There was one hanging scene that was effectively horrific but otherwise, the film often felt a bit too restrained to be fully effective.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I know that it’s usually said that people are stupid for not just leaving an obviously haunted house but, to be honest, I’d probably stay even longer than Brooke did. I mean, it’s not every day you get to deal with the paranormal.
Always check the lights before moving into a new house.