The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.
Sick and twisted!
You wouldn’t want to be Eli. He has auto-immune disorder, is bullied by rednecks, and he just set foot in a large sanitized house with his parents that happens to be haunted. Kid in a bubble, bullies, large sanitized haunted house; the screenwriters have been busy! This film is one subplot away from chaos, but big bucks were invested in it, and it ended up fine.
The cast is strong. This is Lili Taylor’s nth haunted house movie. Charlie Shotwell plays Eli. We care and worry for his character, so he must be doing something good. Kelly Reilly looks genuinely sad, at all times. Max Martini, on the other hand, doesn’t give a fuck. Sadie Sink’s character doesn’t really make sense in this context, but she’s a good actress.
The first problem with this film arises when ghosts show up. From then on, it’s one cliché after another. The second problem is insurmountable and has to do with the reason this film is so damn complicated. So, on one hand, you’ve got a cookie-cutter ghost story; on the other, a bunch of convoluted subplots and twists we couldn’t have possibly predicted.