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It’s Found Footage vs. Extreme Haunts in The Houses October Built

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I know some people are just opposed to found-footage no matter what, but to me, any medium works if you tell the right story for it, and I think this movie might have found it. With Halloween haunted house attractions getting more and more extreme, incorporating things like electric shocks and fake waterboarding, what would – could? – the most extreme one be? And if there were one off-the-books because it did cause actual danger – might something bad happen to people who tried to film it?

Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses tried to tell a story like that, but descended into incoherence when the director stopped caring about the story. Now he’s making a movie about insane clowns.

I think maybe The Houses October Built could school him twice over. Watch the trailer and see what you think.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist