At first quick glance, one might expect The Bramford of Rosemary's Baby infamy was being flown over upon demon wings, but then it is realizes]d that this is yet another impressive Gothicesque building arising stoically into the darkly clouded sky, so named Havenhurst. If one could imagine an organization like AA punishing drunks for intoxication, or torturing junkies for getting high, all the while being observed on hidden cameras for any sign of an offense, it aptly captures the general plot herein, while a huge goon dishes out the discipline, or so-called "tough love" onto a <more>
bloody silver platter complete with viscera, of the offenders who are quite literally turned inside out. A pretty brunette named Jackie seeks refuge at this deadly rehab center for her alcohol addiction after losing her daughter in a car accident. Signing her lease, she essentially commits her life to this lethal institution, incrementally learning its deadly secrets from its history with the nation's very first serial killer, H. H. Holmes, the plethora of secret hatches which Havenhurst is honeycombed with, escape routes, false walls, and observations holes, all overseen by the mysterious Eleanor who reminds Me of one Dorothea Puente, and her two faithful killer sons Ezra & Jed. One in charge of maintenance, the other of executions, or ridding this veritable murder castle of unpleasant offensive elements. The place is like a maze reminiscent of The 7th Guest, as every darkened hallway, elevator, and room carries own puzzle, levels of Hell creating one monstrous edifice seeped in blood. Once in awhile, one must ask oneself if these revenants to-be residents are deserving - and actually in the majority of cases, they certainly are, case in point a rotten couple of lushes mentally and emotionally abusing their daughter Sarah, whereupon it becomes physical, her friend Ezra steps in to terminate the problem, then eventually turns on Jackie when she violates the rules with her compulsive embibement.Overall, with shades of Nightmare on The The 13th Floor and tie-ins with the true crime case history of Holmes, even including influences of The Cecil, Havenhurst is sure to chill for claustrophobic, voyeuristic, sanguinous thrills. ∞
I greatly enjoyed this movie. It could have been longer and contained more information though. It should have shown what happened to each victim. Has anyone else, out there, noticed that new movies are only running for an hour 10 to an hour 20 minutes now? I thought 1.5-2 hours was the least to even produce a movie.
A very well made horror film - and I don't say that lightly (by jtindahouse)
I rarely write spoiler filled reviews, however for 'Havenhurst' I decided I simply had to to do it justice. I was quite blown away by this film. It started out with a very generic opening scene that we've all seen a thousand times before, and I thought to myself "here we go again." But then as things began to move along I found myself more focused than I usually am while watching a horror movie. Usually the story is so mundane that I find myself drifting off into other thoughts and really struggling to focus. 'Havenhurst' didn't have me doing that. By about <more>
the 2/3 marks though I would still have considered it only a slightly about average horror flick. Then the final third commenced and I was absolutely hooked.Coincedentally, this is the second film in a row I've watched I won't say the name of the other film so as not to spoil that one where the theme has been someone working within the walls of a house/building with the intention of killing people. And even when I was watching the first of those two films I was thinking that this is becoming quite a common trend in horror movies lately. Rightly so too, because it a very creepy subject. Afterwards you can't help but look at your own walls, or attic, or basement in a different and uncomfortable way.The ending to 'Havenhurst' is what absolutely sold it for me. The whole time I had thought the young girl was a very suspicious character, but I couldn't quite put my finger on how they were going to link her in. They did it masterfully. I was also incredibly pleased to see that they didn't feel obliged to give us a happy ending. Happy endings are the death of horror films in my opinion, they simply should not exist. 'Havenhurst' ticked that box too. In a world that is severely lacking in good modern horror films, 'Havenhurst' is a breathe of fresh air. It's creepy, will keep your attention, has some genuinely tense and uneasy horror scenes, a well written story and a brilliant ending to top it all off. What more could you ask for? A sequel, perhaps.