Actors: Henry Rollins, Lindsay Smith, Ryan Kotack
Synopsis: An innocent couple suddenly find themselves abducted. By whom? The voice of Henry Rollins.
An innocent couple, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and Steve (Ryan Kotack) suddenly found themselves abducted that summer. Who did it and why remain mysteries. The coupled remained alone, isolated and locked in an undisclosed, suburban basement, Heather and Steve found themselves to be pawns in a psychological, mind-game with their diabolical hosts. They were surrounded by several mysterious and locked suitcases – each containing valuable clues to their very own survival. They knew that they had to exploit what remained of their bruised intellects and depleting sanity if they were to escape their unidentified and brutally cruel abductors (Henry Rollins and Ryan Barrett). They also knew that from this day forward, summer would never the same.
Director Gabriel Carrer gives us the story of a couple tormented by an unseen psychopath while locked in a dank basement. The film is set almost entirely within the confines of the insect-laden setting which provides the title, “In the House of Flies”.
It all began with the happy couple enjoying an evening at a carnival. Shortly after returning to their car, they were rendered unconscious, only to wake up in a small basement room containing only suitcases and a telephone. It did not take long before the phone began to ring and there were calls from a mysterious stranger who taunted them
with menacing and often oblique questions These mind games included instructions to do such things as burn themselves and physically assault each other. Revealing a personal knowledge of their captors, including a particular secret, his motives are never spelled out. As time passed the captives began experiencing the effects of having no water or food. But then there was the time that their captor had thoughtfully provided at least a dead rat for their nourishment. Soon their psychological defenses began to crumble and things turned even direr. The screenplay written by Angus McLellan’s is tightly constructed and contains intriguing elements, but it is hard to follow and too amorphous to have an impact. The sluggishly paced proceedings feel disjointed often and I was disappointed in the ending.
Nonetheless, director Carrer succeeds in delivering an atmosphere of sustained tension and the performances are quite good.
The bonus materials on the DVD includes:
45 minute Behind The Scenes Documentary
- Spanish Premiere Archival Footage
- Deleted Scenes
- Director & Writers Commentary