Review by Monique Thompson
Seventeen years following a tragic supernatural event inside of the ‘Briar House’, teen Angela (Jodelle Micah Ferland) takes a babysitting job inside that very same home where a family mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Newly occupied by widower Jeanie Harris (Pascale Hutton) and her mute son Adrian (Sunny Suljic), the house had remained vacant since the families disappearance but continued to leave an eerie feeling to those that wondered what could of happened to that family.
After only a little time in the house, Angela grows concerned about the mystery that surrounds this haunted home. Not only has the handyman disappeared, but also Jeanie’s friend. Her father (Lochlyn Munro) has already warned her not to go back to the home but despite his caveat, she continues the job anyways. When three men decide to break into the house one afternoon while Angela and Adrian are at the home, it becomes apparent just how sinister the spirits inside the home are.
Jodelle Ferland, who’s done her fair share of horror films (Case 39, Cabin In The Woods, Silent Hill, The Tall Man) has the leading role and always does a decent job at portraying her casted character.
Coming from the creators of Insidious, you’d expect for this to be a little scarier than it actually is. Most of the film is spent building up to the ending scene which only lasts a good 15-minutes or so. The rest is just a bunch of cliché moments for your supernatural films: moving objects, a few jump scares that end of being nothing. While it’s still a pretty decent film, you shouldn’t expect to be scared out of your mind.
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