For Christmas, my gift to you is an update of All Through the House – a fun, cheeky, blood-filled holiday horror flick to add to your collection. While it’s not available for mass consumption this season, I have confirmation from its producer that the film is slotted for public release NEXT year so you have something to put on your Christmas Wish List for 2016.
All Through the House‘s plot is one of those intricate stories with character histories intertwined much more than you initially imagine.
Plot: Fifteen years ago, a peaceful Christmas neighborhood was engulfed by fear when five-year-old Jamie Garrett was mysteriously taken from her bedroom never to be seen again. Now on Christmas break, Rachel Kimmel comes home from college to find her neighborhood struck again by a reign of terror. A violent killer is hiding behind a grisly Santa mask, leaving a bloody trail of slaughtered women and castrated men to the steps of the Garrett house. Rachel finds herself in a horrifying nightmare as she discovers the twisted secret behind the mask.
Seems pretty straight forward, right? Well, not quite . . . and that’s part of its morbid charm. However, my “WTF, where is this going?” reactions were outweighed by my appreciation for the excessively gory and awesome on-screen practical effects and timely dark humor.
All Through the House is a Christmas-centric flick but not quite in the way some of the more popular Christmas horror flicks may be. This isn’t Krampus punishing a family for lack of Christmas-spirit or a serial killer freakishly mutating into a fucked up snowman a la Jack Frost. Todd Nunes, the director and writer, has been incubating this Christmas delicacy for quite some time. “This slasher has been brewing in my mind since I was a kid,” says Director/Writer Todd Nunes. “It’s not a rehash of popular Christmas horror movie subplots, like punishing the naughty, Santa obsessed psychos, or death by antlers. This is a dark, scary, violent story that delivers on a big bloody body count, beautiful girls, and lots of terrifying action. It’s everything I love to see in a horror movie – every murder is shown on screen and the anti-hero is a killer with a diabolical, sadistic mystery.”
And boy, does Nunes deliver on that aforementioned quote. A well-versed horror fan can no doubt identify many of the ways All Through the House pays tribute to so many horror movies which came before it, especially the 1980s slasher style featuring the silent determined killer (think Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers). No matter how slowly those fuckers stalk their victims, they always find a way to pop up right behind them – in a window or under a bed. Part of that slasher mysticism I’m guessing fueled by the psychotic need to gruesomely murder.
Deranged slasher killer + practical effects + tongue-in-cheek story telling + scream queen drama + demented characters with dark pasts = an on screen formula that continues to work. From victims to final girl, the scream queens played their parts well despite a handful of painful scenes of not-so-stellar acting. But Melynda Kiring takes the cake for excellently portraying Mrs. Garret – a crazed woman with more twistedness than a juniper tree. While the film wasn’t spine-tingling terrifying for me, All Through the House has a pretty high creep-factor and the gore is plentiful. Addtionally, the good ol’ pop-out scare tactic was successfully employed a few times in the film (read: I reacted with a startled jump).
I really enjoyed this movie and definitely recommend it to others who enjoy the 80s slasher style horror flick. Keep your eyes peeled to GoresTruly.com for more news next year when you can get your hands on a copy of it!
All Through the House won three awards at this year’s RIP Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, CA:
* Official Winner of Best Slasher, Todd Nunes for All Through the House
* Audience Choice Award All Through the House
* Best Editing, All Through the House
All Through the House was also nominated for Best Music Score and Best Ensemble.