House in the Alley
It’s time for some V-horror.
Replacing the passé J-horror genre (Japanese horror films) and the K-horror genre (Korean horror movies) comes Vietnamese ones and, taking a part in said genre, is "House in the Alley." Shout Factory, releasing this foreign spooker under the growing Scream Factory series, proves they’re just as adept at releasing new chilling tales as they are older cult horror films.
From the get-go, "House in the Alley" takes the viewer on a jolting ride, and with the opening scene setting the stage it doesn’t let up for 90 minutes. This is a slow-burning, atmospheric movie and involves a young Vietnamese couple that have lost their unborn child to a miscarriage. The mourning mother keeps the corpse in her bedroom, and, if that isn’t macabre enough, she begins to hallucinate and have visions of her unborn baby. She also drifts further and further away emotionally.
Slowly, her husband suspects their house is haunted and becomes tormented by the same spirits that haunt his wife, who eventually becomes an axe-wielding woman... and also a woman prone to nude rain baths outside. In these scenes, "House in the Alley" borders at times on high camp.
The DVD box states that "House in the Alley" is unrated, but don’t let this fool you: Besides a smattering of scenes with blood, this is PG-13 territory. A suggested retail price of $15 seems reasonable, and then you’ll discover that there’s only the film’s trailer as a bonus feature.
"House in the Alley"