Take a Drink: every time you see bad acting.
Take a Sip: every time there’s a scene set in 1981.
Do a Shot: every time you get a jump scare.
Do a Shot: if you don’t understand something.
Take a Drink: every time you see a candle.
Do a Shot: every time you think something new of the plot.
By: Kevin Borjas (Two Beers) –
So, I’ve got a lot of things to say about this movie. First of all, this is the first supernatural thriller Venezuelan movie, and I would say that it’s one of the best Venezuelan films out there, and even one of the best thrillers in years. Of course, the director (Alejandro Hidalgo), who is also the writer of this movie, is just getting started, as this is the first movie he’s ever directed. So it obviously has some flaws, but when we are talking about the plot of this movie, it’s almost flawless.
The House at the End of Time starts in 1981 with Dulce (Ruddy Rodriguez) as a mother who loses her entire family in one night; her husband (Gonzalo Cubero) is stabbed and her son Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante) is taken from her house. The police come and take away her under the charge of murder, and of course, as this was 1981, they gave her a life sentence.
Thirty years later we see Dulce again, going back to that house where everything happened, under house arrest of course. Dulce, convinced that something wrong is happening with the house, calls a local priest (Guillermo Garcia) for help, and together they start solving the mystery of that night.
I don’t want to give away too much detail, because believe me, if you want to enjoy this movie (and you are going to, if you like good plots) you don’t want to read too much about it.
Even though this movie is a bit lacking in terms of performance and cinematography, it is rich when it comes to plot, progression, and climax. And though this movie is really low-budget, it does a nice job on its production. It won a number of awards, like Best Picture at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival LA (2014) and Best Director at the Festival Binacional de Cine Colombia Venezuela (2014).
The good thing about this movie is that it keeps you thinking, since at the start you wonder if you have it all figured out, but ten minutes later it makes you think a completely different thing. The film does an awesome job keeping you in suspense, which is what I think the director was trying to do, and he nailed it. I’m someone who sees a movie and, from the start, can tell how that movie is going to end, but not with this one.
Another good thing about the film is the fact that it avoids almost every cliche from its genre, which is something really hard to do nowadays. I’ve lost count of how many cliched haunted house movies I’ve seen, and I was losing all hope for the genre. This was the movie that changed my mind, and it proves that, with a good writer and a good director, cliches can be eliminated.
So now that we are done talking about the plot, I’m gonna get started with the things I found lacking in this movie, starting off with the acting.
The cast for this movie are highly known actors in Venezuela, but really the only one I liked was Ruddy Rodriguez, who is a really talented actress. The rest of the cast, not being that famous, are just not that good. I really can’t stand overacting, but that’s something Venezuelan actors tend to do a lot, and in this cast there’s not much difference between them. Although there are some really good and believable acting scenes, there are a lot which were hard to believe.
The House at the End of Times is an awesome thriller movie, though not without cliches, with a breathtaking plot that will restore your faith in the genre. It will blow your mind, and could even make you cry.