eOne Films – 2015
Directed by Trevor Matthews
Written by Nick Gordon
A college student in need of money moves into a house that streams X-rated content to pay for school. What at first seems to be a safe situation (think of a bit smaller, wooded version of the Playboy Mansion) turns deadly when a demented fan hacks in to determine the house’s location and take out his built up sexual frustration on the lovely ladies living/working there.
This story isn’t anything new as we’ve seen a whole slew of films hinged on a boy being mistreated by females, causing them to become violent masked madmen later in life, tracing back to John Carpenter’s Halloween. That statement isn’t necessarily meant to be negative but rather just fact. For some reason, though Girl House is reminiscent of Terror Train and Prom Night, it reminds me the most of Jamie Blanks’ 2001 film Valentine. This probably stems from all the sexy girls dying horrible deaths.
What makes Girl House work is the likability of the main character “Kylie Atkins” played with just the right mix of innocence and a touch of sensuality by Ali Cobrin. “Kylie” is written by Nick Gordon with all of the elements that make her an archetypal final girl, a character almost always found in a good slasher film. Ali Cobrin doesn’t come across false and forced like Scout Taylor-Compton did in Rob Zombie’s ill-conceived version of Halloween. Though she’s more sexed up, I would say she’s much closer to Jamie Lee Curtis’ portrayal in John Carpenter’s Halloween.
I also think Adam DiMarco’s performance as “Kylie’s” love interest “Ben Standley” is just as important to the success of this film, because his onscreen compassion for “Kylie” makes us care about him and her well being. DiMarco matches Cobrin as two young adults in love building a relationship in a slow meaningful way, rather than jumping into raw sexscapades. In truth, this is probably a huge factor to making the film work because it helps balance the film against all the adult carnality seen within Girl House.
American hip hop MC/actor Slaine (George Carroll) plays the slightly overweight, sexually mistreated “Loverboy” with utter conviction. Slaine makes you feel some sympathy towards the verbally abused character until he lashes out unrelenting death to the webcam vixens that inhabit the movie.
Actor turned Director Trevor Matthews has a pretty good handle on things keeping the movie moving forward without losing grip on what’s ultimately the most important part of the story, the relationship between “Kylie” and “Ben.” The choice made to make the killer run towards characters instead of the slow walk, helps differentiate it like 28 Days Later did with zombies.
The movie has a pretty clean look boosted by the scenic Canadian locations and the music score by tomanandy.
eOne Films is releasing Girl House in theaters and VOD on February 13th (Friday the thirteenth has proven to be a pretty good date for a slasher movie). The movie will keep your interest for all the obvious reasons. The cute little love story transpiring between the sex and graphic bloodshed, provides the innermost substance for viewing it.