March 29, 2010 by Steven Tee


On New York’s west front, there is a terrifying place where monsters can be found and its called the “House of Horrors”. As Buffalo’s largest haunted house, the resurrection of the dead will send a cold, spine-tingling shiver for all who dare to place a step beyond the threshold. Live action role playing freaks will pop out to you from all the dark corners while lifelike gruesome creations will have you holding your breath in heart wrenching anticipation of them coming to life, snapping their razor teeth at you and swallowing your soul in one giant gulp. The amazing artwork on the walls alone can spread dread and fear into the icy veins. Many workers and volunteers put in an overload of time into creating one of the best haunted houses in the nation…maybe even the world. So, what would happen if these hard workers also created a movie that would incorporate the “House of Horrors”?

In 2004, a demonically cursed Ouija board falls into the hands of a young priest. The priest becomes a notorious serial killer known as “The Apostle Killer”. Father Jacob Holy, a man of the cloth, commits his life in doing the church’s dirty work by tracking down those who reek religious mayhem and relieving them of their worldly presence. Father Holy’s encounter with “The Apostle Killer” is a victorious win for the side of God, but at a cost of the church denying their involvement in his actions and excommunicating the priest indefinitely. Five years later “The Apostle Killer” resurrects and stalks a handful of late night party goers at the House of Horrors haunted house. Father Holy returns to once again stop an evil that doesn’t seem to die quietly.

House of Horrors: The Movie isn’t as cheap as it may sound or even look. With undertone messages of anti-corporate takeovers, anti-religion and anti-God, this movie is a grab bag of “anti” mixed with the supernatural slasher genre. The combination really does surprise me and had me convinced that those involved with the “House of Horrors” haunted house attraction and the movie can damn well do anything. The story holds enough water to keep us entertained while providing the consistent and sometimes narrow minded nature of the slasher faction.

This haunted reel ride doesn’t go without its few faults either. I’m still trying to figure out the connective purpose behind the music box and the Ouija board. The killer binds his victims and tortures them by doing things like driving a nail into their skull or making them drink demonic blood before decapitating them. I think they tried a little too hard to be unique in these scenes. They did use different areas of the haunted house as a back setting and that creates a whole new feel instead of a camp setting like Jason Voorhees is associated with in the Friday the 13th series.

If you can’t make it out to the House of Horror’s haunted house, then I’d seriously and strongly recommend the movie. You wouldn’t be expressed the same sensation of fright as you might walking through the dark hallways or through their newest deathly attraction called the Haunted Catacombs, but you will definitely get a feel for what the haunted house offers and get a little rise out of the movie. House of Horrors: The Movie is it’s own separately devilish ride that delivers a Dark Shadows type tale of terror that will keep you peeking just over your bed covers. Who knows, the movie might inspire you enough to actually take that trip to Buffalo and check out the haunted house for yourself. After visiting, you might come out so frightened that you’ll actually believe that “there is no God!”

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