(out of 5)
Family man Ryan Reynolds moves wife Melissa George and three stepkids into a giant mansion on Long Island that is only affordable to them because, a year earlier, the entire family that lived there was murdered by their psychotic son. Not long after moving in and things start bumping around in the night, Reynolds’ personality begins to darken and his attitude towards his family becomes abusive and cruel, leading the viewer to suspect that it might be the house itself that was responsible for the previous crimes and, possibly, a few future ones. The main crime, however, is the boredom that is inflicted upon the viewer in having to sit through this mind-numbing remake of the 1979 cult favourite (which wasn’t that great to begin with). The film tries for some seventies period feeling, but Reynolds’ six-pack abs on a working-class contractor smack of the modern age.
Directed by Andrew Douglas
Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Production Design by Jennifer Williams
Costume Design by David C. Robinson