Writer: Austin Keeling, Aaron Keeling, Natalie Jones (Screenplay)
Starring: Emily Goss, Taylor Bottles, Cathy Barnett, Jim Korinke, Natalie Pellegrini, Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Keegon Ellison, Daniel Shirley
Plot: A psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house.
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Verdict: Capturing The Babadook’s Suspense
Story: The House on Pine Street starts when couple Jennifer (Goss) and Luke (Bottles) move away from the big city of Chicago while Jennifer is expecting their first child. With Jennifer not interested in this move in the first place we see how she is being pushed into decision by her overprotective mother Meredith (Barnett), to make matters worse she has left all her trust friends behind.
It isn’t long before Jennifer becomes the target of a paranormal visit that starts off with small hauntings including doors opening or sounds of knocking. Lauren (Pellegrini) Jennifer’s best friend visits with her child which only intensifies the hauntings with neither believing her story as they both see similarities in her actions after a previous unknown moment in Chicago which led to them moving. Just what is real, what is it after or is it all in Jennifer’s head that is the questions being asked.
The House on Pine Street is one of the most suspense filled horrors of this year, it follows how one lady is being haunted but we are left wondering is the haunting real or just in her head. This all taps into where the Babadook went with us seeing the woman have the break down because of a potential haunting. Even with this being a lengthy film for horror we do get drawn into every scene as our victim. The balance between potential paranormal and real potential break works so well but my only negative I could say is that I would have liked at least one person to help any paranormal compared to the only idea that it being in her head.
Emily Goss: Jennifer is the heavily pregnant wife of Luke’s who has had a form of incident back in Chicago which has led to her moving to a quiet neighbourhood for the child’s birth. She starts getting haunted by a presence in the new home leading her to question her own sanity while the people closest to her haven’t been believing her. Emily is great in this performance showing genuine fear throughout.
Taylor Bottles: Luke is the husband of Jennifer’s who gives up his life in the city to make things happen in the quieter neighbourhood. He starts a new job where he works long hours only for him not to believe anything supernatural happening to his wife. He wants to have this baby and tries his hardest to make sure everything goes to plan for the pregnancy. Taylor does a good job in this role without really shinning.
Cathy Barnett: Meredith is Jennifer’s overprotective mother who is trying to run her life with the baby coming. She wants the life to go back to normal how it was when she raised Jennifer. Cathy does a good job in tis supporting role.
Jim Korinke: Walter is a man that Jennifer meets at a party, he has the ability to pick up on energies making him the first person Jennifer turns to for any sort or paranormal activity. Jim does a solid job in this role but doesn’t get enough time on camera.
Support Cast: The House on Pine Street doesn’t have too big of a supporting cast as we only watch the friends of the family witnessing the situation.
Director Review: Austin Keeling, Aaron Keeling – Austin and Aaron bring us a very suspense filled horror that has good scares and makes you think.
Horror: The House on Pine Street has great moments of horror when we watch Jennifer deal with the issues in the haunting going on in the house.
Settings: The House on Pine Street uses the house for the horror as we see how isolated Jennifer feels stuck in the house in a new town alone.
Special Effects: The House on Pine Street uses good effects when needed and doesn’t turn to them until we need them for horror elements of the story.
Suggestion: The House on Pine Street is one for the horror fans to watch. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: Basement investigation.
Worst Part: I would have liked slight more paranormal investigation going on.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Similar Too: The Babadook
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
Trivia: The “haunted” house was found on Craigslist.
Overall: Brilliant suspense filled horror