The Haunting of Woodland Hills – USA, 2014

‘The hills have eyes’

The Haunting of Woodland Hills – aka Vacant House – is a 2014 American thriller film with horrific elements directed by Jeremy Casper from a screenplay co-written with Cris Cunningham, who stars alongside Dee Ann Newkirk and T.J. Maxwell.

A fugitive, an empty house, a rotting corpse. The journey begins. Cameron Matthews (Cris Cunningham), a petty criminal and fugitive from the law, hides from police by taking shelter in an old dilapidated house in the middle of the city. There he discovers the rotting corpse of Bart Giordano, the owner of the house, whose death has gone unnoticed by friends and family for years.

Though separated by death, the two men form an unlikely spiritual connection and help each other rebuild broken relationships in their personal lives…

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” …it’s a drama through and through with, dare I say, a Christian theme to it. Forgiveness is central to the picture, enveloped by a storyline that leans heavily on building bridges and the importance of family, not to mention the absence of blood or bad language.” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

“We hear a lot of Cameron’s thought process throughout the feature. It has a skeleton and one event that borders on supernatural, but most likely was just Cameron’s mind. It is not a horror and not much of a thriller. It is a drama with a twist, which I saw coming from early on. You should too.” Michael Ledo

Vacant House is a thoughtful, moody piece that takes its time getting where it’s going and delivers some powerful performances along the way. It’s important to know what you’re getting into with this film; if you’re looking for a horror film or suspense/thriller, your barometer to judge and enjoy the film will be off. It’s more of a character/think piece, but there’s nothing wrong with that.” Uncle Lee 83

Main cast:

Cris CunninghamDee Ann NewkirkT.J. Maxwell, Richard Miraan, Don Bondi, Jason Zahodnik, Carlee Zabel, Brayden Armes, Carl Charroux, Walker Haynes

Filming locations:

Pasadena and Whittier, California, USA


Categories: 2014

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