Dulce (Ruddy Rodriguez) is tried and sentenced to thirty years in prison for the murder of her husband and son. The whole time, Dulce maintained her innocence saying that there was a malevolent force in her home responsible for their deaths.
Her thirty years pass and Dulce returns to the home where her family was murdered to live out the remaining years of her life with police supervision. The only person that believes Dulce is innocent is the local priest who is determined to help her solve the mystery once and for all.
The film begins with Dulce waking up on the floor of her house with a deep cut on her face. Unable to remember what happened, she lights the lamp only to hear a boys scream coming from the basement. Once down there, she stumbles upon her dead husband’s body and watches as her son is pulled away down into a deeper basement. I don’t know what is more intense, what happens in the basement or the fact that her basement has a basement.
Through flashbacks we see how the haunting progressed but strangely beginning five years after the family moved into the home. As the priest does research, he finds that two families prior had mysteriously gone missing in the home, leading in Dulce’s favor towards innocence.
To start with, there doesn’t appear to be anything particularly original about this film. It has touches of every haunted house film that came before it. What it has in its favor is a proper build of suspense, characters you build a strong connection with and the right about of fear created without going overboard. There is also a strong twist at the end that does set The House at the End of Time apart from other films.
The House at the End of Time comes with the statement “like the best parts of The Conjuring, The Others and Oculus” sprawled across the top of the DVD case. I would actually consider that an incredibly false statement. While I can slightly understand the comparison to The Others, if I were to make any comparisons at all, I would say it was a mix of 100 Feet and The Orphanage from Guillermo Del Toro. In fact, director Alejandro Hidalgo’s style is very much like Del Toro’s with the gritty environment, supernatural element and the use of the mother/child dynamic as a major piece of the plot.
All in all, I was impressed with the film, especially considering that this was Hidalgo’s first film, which he also wrote, produced and edited. That in itself is impressive. Putting that aside, The House at the End of Time was incredibly entertaining and very much worth your time.
The House at the End of Time is available from Dark Sky Films this week. Go pick yourself up a copy.
Ann Hale is the horror editor for Pop-Break.com and a senior contributing writer, reviewing horror movies and television shows. She is also the American Correspondent for Lovehorror.co.uk. Ann attended East Carolina University, majoring in English Literature. She is a collector of Halloween (the film) memorabilia and is a self-admitted opinionated horror nerd. You can follow her, her collection and her cat, Edward Kittyhands on Twitter and Instagram @Scarletjupiter