Saturday, February 4, 2017

Now on Netflix: The Charnel House (2016)

The Charnel House (2016) - Directed by Craig Moss; Written by Emanuel Isler, Chad Israel; Starring Nadine Velazquez, Callum Blue, Joe Keery, Erik LaRay Harvey, Andy Favreau, Makenzie Moss, Danielle Lauder.

By Kenny Howell

Besides a terrible name and a few bad performances, there is nothing really all that wrong with The Charnel House.

It isn't a blow you away type horror film, but it something that you will come across on Netflix, click on, and not be totally bored by it.

I don't know if that is an exceptionally high bar for entertainment, but it is something that is necessary. Not everything needs to be The Witch or It Follows. Some things just have to hit that spot when you need it.

The Charnel House is the story of an abandoned slaughter house that has been turned into a luxury condo community, with state of the art technology and smart home innovations. That includes giant TV screens that show you everything about the apartment and responds to voice commands for everything from turning the lights off to locking the doors. It all seems hunky dory, until one night, one of the residents is shown on his giant video screen, grainy videos of animals being slaughtered. He already thought the whole renovation was a bad idea, but now he has had it, and tries to get out. Things don't go so well.

The husband and wife team that built the community, played by Callum Blue and Nadine Velasquez, start having their own troubles when their daughter starts seeing a young boy in her room. She is naturally terrified, but her parents don't believe her first. Soon, it becomes very apparent that something is not right there.

Like I said, The Charnel House is what is, and knows what it is. It doesn't try to do too much, it just hits the notes it needs to hit and gets out. Sometimes that is all you need.

The Charnel House is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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