Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Treehouse (2014)

logoDirector: Michael Bartlett

Writer: Alex Child, Miles Harrington (Screenplay)

Starring: J. Michael Trautmann, Dana Melanie, Nick Herra, Clint James, Daniel Fredrick, Victoria Spencer Smith, Darren Kennedy


Plot: A teenage boy discovers the perpetrators of several brutal kidnappings in his home town.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: How Did This Cost $3 Million To Make?


Story: Treehouse starts with a rebellious teenage girl Elizabeth (Melanie) returning home to find everything in a mess, someone is still in the house so she grabs a gun to protect herself. She finds herself chasing through the forest trying to save Little Bob but unsuccessfully. We then get to meet a group of high school students getting ready for the annual festival. Here we meet Killian (Trautmann) who is getting bullied at school even with his brother Crawford (Fredrick) trying to stick up for him.

The festival ends up getting cancelled because of what has happened but Crawford talks Killian into going into the forest to let of some fireworks and celebrate on their own. The two spending the night in the forest come across a mysterious treehouse and as you do explore it. What the boys find in the treehouse is Elizabeth as it becomes clear they are not alone in the forest. Crawford goes for help leaving Killian and Elizabeth in the treehouse while the creatures lurk around the forest.

Killian and Elizabeth learn that there are three perfectly titled creatures the Small One, Medium One and Tall One, the two have to try and save themselves after learning the fates of their friends and family.

Treehouse is a very, very simple horror story that really never tests the audience. We have to deal with what was an awful selection of names for the villains who turn out to just be men, two the same size. It is like come on you advertise this to be creatures only to make them normal humans, you could have made them anything and we don’t actually see them kill anyone just the aftermath. The two leads are painfully generic and to make things worse actually have a back story which will see them finally prove themselves. This really does come off very boring from start to finish and will never challenge you to actually care what is going on. (2/10)


Actor Review


J Michael Trautmann: Killian is a simple high school student who gets bullied by the bigger kids but protected by his brother, after he agrees to go out with his brother he ends up trapped in a treehouse with Elizabeth as three creatures start trying to hunt them down. J Michael looks lost through the film and never seems to understand whether his is character is simple or normal. (2/10)


Dana Melanie: Elizabeth is the teenage girl who comes home to a home invasion where her little brother is taken and she ends up injured lost in the forest. She must team up with Killian to find her brother and escape the creatures. Dana is one of the few positives from this film but her character seems to make every mistake in the book. (5/10)


Support Cast: Treehouse is one with a small supporting cast that you only get to see a couple of times with the three villains being the most seen who don’t seem to have much about them though.


Director Review: Michael Bartlett – Michael does try to gives us some atmosphere through the film and holding back from any scares until later in the film does work, what doesn’t is the lack of the actual menace from the villains.  (3/10)


Horror: Treehouse doesn’t hit the horror level it could have but at least tries to keep atmosphere through the film. (5/10)

Mystery: Treehouse tries to create a mystery but it never gives us full closure on it. (2/10)

Thriller: Treehouse makes you wait for any of the real horror but by then it comes off too late. (3/10)

Settings: Treehouse gives us a good setting because our characters become trapped which works for the horror genre. (8/10)

Suggestion: Treehouse is one you could watch if it was on late night television but otherwise I wouldn’t go out my way to see it. (Late Night TV)


Best Part: There is no fear on who gets killed off.

Worst Part: The villains feel like a let down by the time you meet them.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Left open to one but please don’t make one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Wrong Turn


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3.25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes


Overall: Treehouse lacks the scares even after creating a smart atmosphere and the lack of originality about the killers is very questionable.

Rating 20

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