[MOVIE] Havenhurst [HD] [720p] download 2016/2017

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[MOVIE] Havenhurst [HD] [720p] download

A troubled young woman takes up residence in a Gothic apartment building where she must confront a terrifying evil.

Director Andrew C. Erin (Embrace of the Vampire) brings us this film from a screenplay co-written with Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening). We also get music from tomandandy (Mothman Prophecies, The Strangers and a couple Resident Evil films), some of the best in the business.

The film opens with a pulse-pounding score, superior gore effects and a dazzling cameo from horror goddess Danielle Harris. Unfortunately only a cameo, but the rest of the cast is just great. We have powerful acting from Julie Benz (Dexter, Buffy, Two Evil Eyes), and an evil maternal instinct from Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, Trash Fire).

What sells the film more than anything is the cinematography, as the colorization is rich, and provides a nice palette against which to tell a moving story. The apartment offers up the best possible use of space — sometimes spacial and ornate, sometimes claustrophobic, and with a few nods to other horror classics such as “The Shining” and even “Psycho”. The exterior aerial shots look great, and it left me wondering if this is a real building or if some crafty CGI is used.

In recent years, public discourse was concerned about the so-called surveillance state, and those fears come to life here. We even have secrets behind the walls (reminiscent of “Crawlspace”) and a plot twist that ties this (fictional) film to the upcoming (factual) “Devil in the White City”. Although this story of murder and disappearance could be in any era, these parts make it especially timely, even if not intended by the writers.

I highly recommend “Havenhurst”. Though it seems to have been pushed back a year, it will be an early strong contender for great horror films of 2017.

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