House Swap (2010)
Movie Release :
3 December 2013 (France)
4,3/10 from 97 users
Nathan Nolan, Evie Brodie, Simon Dutton
UK | USA
More Movie Info : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740762/
A young California screenwriter and his composer girlfriend exchange their Echo Park home for a sprawling Tudor mansion near Glastonbury, England, in the hope of finding creative inspiration. Thinking they have the best of the bargain, they soon learn that the house comes with a stalker who seems able to enter through locked doors. Driven beyond endurance by the continual harassment, the screenwriter sets a trap to exact his revenge… The film consists of ‘found’ material from the screen writer’s video diary which, after the events, has been assessed by the Somerset police. This is a true story.
If you are looking for a slasher, this isn’t for you. But if you enjoy a taught, psychological approach to horror, this should be right up your street. OK, the ‘found footage’ format is a bit tired these days, but judging by the date this movie was completed, it seems to have been conceived around the time of Paranormal Activity’s success, and should have been released before the slew of crappy ‘found footage’ movies I’ve had to watch since then. The male lead is a cocky type, shooting his own home movie of his experiences, and the female is a doll fast losing patience with him. In these terms the performances of both the leads are convincing. There are enough scares along the way to have the girls in our home squealing with fear, and there are a couple of pay-offs in the end that had me jumping, and I’m the kind of person who usually laughs off supposedly scary horror movies. Definitely worth watching, but it shouldn’t have been released with an 18 cert, as it is no gore-fest.
House Swap Trailer