Saturday, 21 May 2016

Film Review: HOUSE OF AFFLICTIONS (2017)

HOUSE OF AFFLICTIONS **** U.K. 2017 95 mins Dir : Anthony M. Winson

Following the 3 year disappearance of her daughter Julia, crime author Kate Beckley decides it is time to get back into writing books. While writing her new novel at a new home she starts to experience strange occurrences, including hearing her missing child. But is it really her or is there something more sinister going on in the house?
'HOUSE OF AFFLICTIONS' is a low budget British horror that at times reminded me of the 2000 film 'THE GHOST OF GREVILLE LODGE' in terms of atmosphere. The actress playing Kate Beckley (Michelle Darkin Price) does a brilliant job of going through all the emotions surrounding the disappearance of her daughter and the mental turmoil the paranormal activity is having on her in the house. The director has gone the traditional route of a ghost story and not relied on over the top CGI ghosts or obvious jump scares. The script is pretty well done although for me it was glaringly obvious where the film was going from about half hour in. If you do pick up the DVD there is an alternative ending which works just as well as the original ending.

Review by Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins

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