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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘House’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…

No, it’s not Hugh Laurie’s irascible medical detective, it’s another horror movie not screened for critics. If the trailer is to be believed, it’s about a house that appears to be haunted: the originality of the concept is, honestly, startling. But the official site promises us that this is “a riveting thriller that puts a hauntingly familiar face on evil”: it’s Dick Cheney, isn’t it? See, now I don’t have to see the movie.

A further look around the film’s site, though reveals two quotes, apparently drawn from reviews — clearly, a select few critics were allowed to see this. Which critics? Folks from HollywoodJesus and NewChristianVoice.com. Aha. This is one of those Christian horror flicks, isn’t it? No fool me, I dug some more around the net: I took a look around Amazon, to see what else Ted Dekker, who cowrote the book upon which this film is based, has written. And I found books with titles Infidel, Adam, Saint, and Sinner. Which still isn’t a hard clue: lots of fantasy and horror draws on Christian mythology. But then came the cincher: Dekker’s first nonfiction book is called The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth. You want scary? There is it, right there.

Oh, and Michael Madsen is in this too. That’s pretty terrifying, though not in a good way.

House opens limited today in the U.S.; no U.K. release date has been announced.

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