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House Swap

House Swap

UK/USA, 2009
AKA: You Are Not Alone, House Trap
Director: Mark Ezra
Writer: Mark Ezra
Cast: Nathan Nolan, Evie Brodie, Simon Dutton, Louise Houghton, Seth Sinclair

Matt and Ginny are a young american couple who has made a house swap for six months with a brittish couple. They’re also pretty much filming everything they do. Yeah, You guessed it. It’s another darn found footage movie. It’s getting old, in fact it was getting old a long time ago.

Anyway, compared to last weeks found footage Happy Birthday Hannah at least this one had a better start and the main characters weren’t as anoying.

Well, back to Matt and Ginny. On their way to “their new house” they stop to take in the scenery and at one such stop he is filming Ginny and there is a couple far away in the background. Suddenly the man beats the woman down. Matt starts yelling to him to stop and the man starts to run towards Matt and Ginny demanding that they stop filming and gives him the camera. They jump in the car and barely gets away as the outraged man smears blood over their windshield.

In The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Hitchiker smears blood on the side of the van as he is getting kicked out and one of the characters jokes about them “being markt”, and we all know what happened to them, don’t we? Whether the angry man who smeared blood on their windshield has anything with what happens next to Matt and Ginny is unclear, but at least they themseves believe so for starters.

The house turns out to be an enormous mansion with a vast number of rooms. In fact more lika a labyrinth than an ordinary house. Then things start to happen which makes Matt believe that someone somehow is getting in to the house. It turns out the owners of the house has had problems with a stalker and this is why there are hidden security cameras all over the house. Handy when You are making a horror movie, eh?

For a long time House Swap is actually quite OK. Not much happening but we know someone is in the house with our heroes. It’s obvious something is going to go bad and the story keeps building up to some sort of climax. Unfortunately it doesn’t work all the way. Somewhere along the way the screenwriter lost concentration and the characters start behaving weird. There is this really strange policeman, and there is unbelievable stuff like having an arguement and going back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night from an intruder making noises obviously from inside the house. There’s also the “get the camera”-scene. You know what I mean when You see it.

House Swap isn’t terribly bad. It has a solid feel to it and even if the budget wasn’t very big, it still feels like a “real” film and not some kids homemovie which a lot of those found footage films do.

My verdict: 4 out of 10.

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