House on the Hill (film)

House on the Hill is a 2012 American horror film directed by Jeffrey Frentzen and based on the real-life killing spree of serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. The film had its world premiere on 11 May 2012 at the Monaco Charity Film Festival and was released to DVD in the United Kingdom and United States in 2015. In the United Kingdom, 7 minutes and 12 seconds were cut from the film by the British Board of Film Classification in order to obtain an 18 rating.[1]

House on the Hill
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Film poster
Directed byJeffrey Frentzen
Written byJeff Frentzen
Nicole Marie Polec
Produced byJeff Frentzen
Shannon Leade
StarringNaidra Dawn Thomson
Shannon Leade
Stephen A.F. Day
Sam Leung
CinematographyJean-Michel Duquesne
Edited byChristian Baker
Jeff Frentzen
Music byJonah Kraut
Robert J. Walsh
Production
companies
North 40 Productions
Options Entertainment
Distributed byITN Distribution
Release date
  • 11 May 2012 (2012-05-11) (Monaco Charity Film Festival)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

SynopsisEdit

Sonia (Naidra Dawn Thomson) is the only known survivor of the serial killer Leonard Lake. She's paired up with a private investigator in the hopes of finding a lost woman and during their exploration of Lake's compound, she tells the investigator about how she was tortured and forced to videotape the rape, torture, and murder of another woman.

CastEdit

  • Naidra Dawn Thomson as Sonia
  • Shannon Leade as Karianna
  • Stephen A.F. Day as Leonard Lake
  • Sam Leung as Charles Ng
  • Kevin McCloskey as Paul Kale
  • Laura Hofrichter as Sara (as Laura Leigh)
  • Brenna Catherine Briski as Leila
  • Crystal Nelson as Jennifer
  • Tya Adams as Sandra
  • Olivia Parrish as Julie
  • Rachael Devlin as Cat
  • Elissa Dowling as Mary

ReceptionEdit

HorrorNews.net and Bloody Disgusting both panned the film, criticizing it for what they saw as poor plotting and acting.[2][3] Ain't It Cool News was more positive in their review, praising the performances of Day and Leung while overall stating "while the filmmakers had some disquieting inspiration to build a movie on, HOUSE ON THE HILL is just too low fi to be effective in any way."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HOUSE ON THE HILL". BBFC. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Film Review: House on the Hill (2012)". HorrorNews.net. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ Coffel, Chris. "[DVD Review] 'House On the Hill' Is a Found-Footage Mess". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "AICN HORROR looks at EXTINCTION! WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS! THE CHOSEN! ZONE TROOPERS! I, MADMAN! ALIEN OUTPOST! GHOST TOWN! HOUSE ON THE HILL! EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN! JAWS OF SATAN! UDBRUD! & The Bloody Jug Band's "Beautiful Corpse!"". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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