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Review Girl House a.k.a. Girlhouse (2014): Very effective and despite the premise not sleazy at all!

genre: thriller, horror, slasher

If you have seen the trailer or have read the premise then you might have gotten the idea that this horror film is the erotic sleazy kind. Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you but most of this film is tastefully done. Say what? A lot is suggested or implied but to be honest that often makes it hotter. More important is that the horror element is done with care and thought. Isn't that something?

I know that it's almost impossible to keep it clean when the premise is about a college student who is going to live in a house full of webcam girls where everything is filmed and shown on a porn site. Think Big Brother but where the occupants have the freedom to do what they want. Naturally such an initiative comes with it's own set of problems and wouldn't you know it that the viewer gets introduced to the culprit causing these problems. Now, I am not going to reveal who this person is even if the trailer doesn't keep that a secret. So in case you were looking forward to guessing who he is I have to apologize. However in this case it doesn't really matter since the tension comes all from how inventive and effective the assailant is. That and the fact that the film takes it time to properly build up suspense. You get to know the characters as much as needed and for once most of them aren't the typical ignorant victims you often see in these kinds of films. Although there was one who was pretty shallow and superficial but that was mostly because of her personal issues. I also liked it that all of the girls acted their age and didn't play games with the new girl Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrin). It automatically makes you like them and you really don't want them to get hurt. Even if they sometimes do have the tendency to be mean.

Another good element is the fact that you don't have to guess why the killer is like he is. Not that the film gives a full psychological profile or something like that but enough background for us to chew on. Granted, guessing the motives also is what makes slashers fun. But I have seen enough of them where they don't even bother explaining things and leave you in the dark which often is very frustrating. One actress involved in this background story is someone you might recognize from Gotham, Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle).

All in all a very effective and fun slasher. So certainly worth your time!

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