When I was little, I remember my grandmother taking me through a make-shift haunted house at her church. It terrified me. In retrospect, it wasn't a very scary haunted house--the only thing I actually remember was some dude dressed as Dracula trying to tell me it was all just pretend. It wasn't that the haunted house was scary--it was the anticipation of it being scary. I realize now that I crave that adrenaline rush. This is one of those experiences that led me to a lifetime of my obsession over horror.
It's why I connected so deeply with Bobby Roe's The Houses October Built.
Five friends set off across the country during haunt season to find the most authentic fright they can find. Rumors of a terrifying underground haunt lead the group to some genuinely creepy encounters and a finale that will leave you more than a little uneasy.
I discovered this film on Netflix and am really glad I found it, as it will be one of my go-to horror movies for many years to come. As I said, I am someone who can connect with the haunt adrenaline junkie, but deeper than that I gave a shit about the characters. I understood their need to push on and go deeper down the rabbit hole, and at the same time the fear and hesitation when things start going a little to far in the second act.
I highly recommend this film. It is well written and directed, the cinematography is great and really adds to the building suspense, and the cast does a spectacular job in their roles.
If you haven't seen this film, check it out!