If you have been following my posts you will know my love of the ‘House’ movie series. Today we discuss the final movie in the series: House IV.
Todays Key Movie:
House IV picks up after the first film and brings back writer Roger Cobb (William Katt) as he and his step-brother Burke (played by Scott Burkholder) fight over selling their late Father’s house. Roger doesn’t want to sell because of some deal his grandfather made with the local indian tribe but his brother is determined.
As Roger, his wife Kelly (Terri Treas) and daughter Laurel (Melissa Clayton) (…er…wait a minute didn’t he have a son in the first film? And where the hell was this brother during his troubles at the first house and wasn’t his wife in part one a blonde actress and…anyhow… lets move on.) They get into a terrible car accident which kills Roger and puts his daughter in a wheelchair. (Who somehow doesn’t need it in the final scene due to some kind of miracle water or some such.)
Kelly Cobb and her daughter return to the house to put their lives back together and then things get weird. Oh and there’s a Native American dude named Ezra who knows stuff and does Native magic and then there is this dwarf mob boss and yeah…this one is special.
Why this movie?
Like I’ve said before, The House series is near and dear to my heart. I loved the first one and the subsequent sequels hold a special place as well. This is one of those movie franchises that have formed a cult following over the years and deservedly so. They are fun, even when they are bad.
How did this translate to real life?
It didn’t but this is one that I had actually forgotten about most of this film until very recently. A good friend reminded me about it and he remembered this one as being the first installment. My best memory of this film is the scene with the pizza. If you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean but if not I have included the clip below. It’s pretty great in an extra cheesy way. (Pun intended).
The Pizza man segment:
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
Yes and no. As a fan, it has its moments. The acting is good as are the silly effects but it hasn’t aged quite as well as I remembered. So yeah, this one isn’t really that good. It’s pure nostalgia driven and should only be seen if you love the other films and want more. It has it’s good moments and memorable moments but really, it’s just okay.
My hazy memories of this movie are made me think it was much better than it actually is but that is the price we pay for nostalgia. Revisiting these films, for better or worse, is part of the journey and man is it ever a fun one.
The ending is pretty sappy too and really all in all it’s the weakest of the series, but it does bring back William Katt so I can’t complain.
Of course, The trailer:
OK, where do I get this movie?
You can’t right now. This one and part 3 are out of print. I had to track a copy down from Greece in order to see it again! Crazy huh?! It was well worth it the ride to nostalgia city.
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Late To The Game 12/27/17