"Looks like you've got some kind of alternate universe in there or something."
There is a soft spot in my heart for an effective horror comedy, one that delivers vintsge-style chills alongside clever sight gags and witty quips. Both of the House films deliver: whole heartedly and without struggle!
HOUSE: Roger Cobb -a Vietnam vet turned horror author- is searching for his missing son in a haunted house that has the ability to change rooms into alternate dimensions... meaning Cobb has to fight ghosts, monsters, and Big Ben -a dead army pal with a vendetta- to save his son. HOUSE is a lighthearted movie, even if it's subject matter is pretty dark. It handles topics like suicide, ptsd, the disappearance of a child, and guilt. While never gory, the monster effects are creepy, gruesome and sometimes... just plain gross. HOUSE may not be perfect for the whole family, but it is a very accessible film for your younger horror fans who want to dig into the genre but aren't ready for anything hardcore. And while the subjects can get dark, the movie never feels nihilistic and never talks down to its audience. For adults, it's loved for its camp value... but I think it's a valuable film no matter how you spin it!
HOUSE II THE SECOND STORY: After resurrecting his adventurous great grandfather, a young man and his friend has to defend an ancient treasure from a zombie gunslinger, a caveman, and a kitchen sinks worth of prehistoric creatures in this comedy-fantasy-adventure film. HOUSE II is a family friendly film... way more so than it's predecessor. But that doesn't make it weaker. Thankfully, it isn't a direct sequel and can be watched independently... HOUSE II is zaney, wacky, and sharp witted, even in its sillier moments. Featuring some brief - yet impressive- stop motion creature effects by Phil Tibbit and an incredible cameo from John Ratzenberger! It also features a lot of action, from a swashbuckling swordfight in a Mayan temple to a zombie gun fight!
So, if you haven't seen the HOUSE films, get the family together sit back, and enjoy the laughs and the scares. These films have never failed to warm my heart and draw a goofy smile on my face. I highly recommend them!