DVD Review: THE LAST HOUSE

lasthouseThe last couple of years have led to the popularity of crowd funding hitting an all time high and it’s become a bit of the go to method for many film projects. Back in 2012, director Sean Cain attempted this method with his thriller BREATH OF HATE in order to lock in a theatrical and Bluray/DVD release as the film was already finished. Distributors were weary on releasing the film as its genre offering was unclear as the plot liked to take a dip into various themes and was difficult to sell. Unfortunately, the Kickstarter funding was unsuccessful and the movie was placed on hold. Three years later, via Wild Eye Releasing, Cain is finally able to release his film under a new title, THE LAST HOUSE. After watching it, it’s easy to see why the film had a difficult time getting released. It’s not a bad movie, but rather likes to jump all over the place, both in linear storytelling and subgenres.

The good looking Ned (Jason Mewes) has falling in love with escort Love (Lauren Walsh). The feeling must be mutual as she doesn’t charge him, though he always pays. They have conversations like potential couples do and she realizes this isn’t the life she wants to continue and aims for the traditions lifestyle of boyfriend and girlfriend for Ned. Her abusive pimp, Sonny (Jack Forcinito), doesn’t want to let her go and forces her on another gig, with her claiming this will be her last. She’s sent off with two other girls to a rather lavish home inhabited by Hate (Ezra Buzzington), Selma (Monique Parent), and Cleb (Ricardo Gray). It’s clear right away that Hate is the leader of the trio and sex isn’t the only item on their itinerary.

Each girl is separated with a partner, leading to different activities. One girl heads to the bedroom with Selma where they participate dominant/submissive role playing, along with some toe sucking and masturbating. Another girl heads to the living room with Cleb where he insists she wears a cheerleading suit and she continues to brag about how popular her MySpace is. Love ends up in philosophical discussions with Hate and she finds herself tied up after being knocked out by him. While all this is happening, Ned begins to worry about Love’s whereabouts and embarks on a search with her, including butting heads with Sonny.

THE LAST HOUSE likes to mix in events of the past and future, providing a more emotional experience so the audience better understands motivations behind the characters’ actions. It’s not always effective, but an interesting technique for a movie that plays more on sleaze than anything else. For a horror film involving escorts and finds some scenes that are filmed in actual strip clubs, the sex and nudity is pretty tame and never really goes there in terms of what sleaze fans crave for. It’s interesting to see an actor like Jason Mewes in here, as he’s really known for comedic roles in Kevin Smith movies and this movie emphasizes his leading man looks and ability to save the girl. The DVD cover lists Felissa Rose in top billing, but, unfortunately, only has a scene so short, her character doesn’t even have a real name. THE LAST HOUSE is an interesting watch and will probably find another life via DVD collectors who stumble onto the film.


*Interesting note: On the “CineMayhem Interview” special feature, the filmmakers discuss the process of making this film and are interviewed by Icons’ own co-creator Rob G.

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