The Last House on Cemetery Lane
- The Last House on Cemetery Lane review by NP
It is doubtful that the similarities between the title of this film and House by the Cemetery and Last House on the Left are coincidental. After all, any way to attract attention makes good business sense. Yet, fans of those more visceral tales would probably be disappointed by the tameness of the horror on display here, which may explain why this release has attracted little attention.
John Davies (Lee Bane) is a somewhat reclusive writer who rents a large country house, whereby he meets the charmingly old-fashioned Cassie Konrad (Georgina Blackledge) and also discovers he is sharing the house with an even more reclusive old blind woman (Vivian Bridson).
This is a beautifully shot, low-budget, ‘gentle’ horror (if there is such a thing). It is slow moving, but never ponderous due to the appeal of the very small cast. The relationship which develops between Davies and Conrad is delightful – two isolated people who simply enjoy each other’s company – and it is that which provides the backbone of the unveiling mystery. There is very little gore or effects, but such things aren’t necessary in what is essentially a human take on a familiar haunting theme. This isn’t Evil Dead or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but doesn’t ever try to be.
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