The Seasoning House (2012)

February 22, 2016 - 1:30pm | DMHead777
  Tags: Amanda Wass, Anna Walton, David Lemberg, DMHead777, drama, Jemma Powell, Kevin Howarth, Netflix, Paul Hyett, Rosie Day, Sean Cronin, Sean Pertwee, The Seasoning House, thriller, Tomi May, torture

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Paul Hyett
Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Anna Walton, Jemma Powell, David Lemberg, Amanda Wass, Sean Cronin, Tomi May

Plot: A deaf and mute girl is forced to work in a house that kidnaps girls and makes them prostitutes for the military.

Recently, horror films have been more "AHH!" scary rather than realistic. For some reason a movie about demons will stick in your head longer than films about real world problems. The Seasoning House is a film that stuck with me because I know this stuff actually happens. It's a brutal film that shows the inner workings of an illegal house filled with kidnapped girls being drugged up to have sex with military personnel. It's not for the faint of heart and has a lot of disturbing images. On the plus side, it made for a solid horror film that really brings out the horror of reality. Something movies just don't do anymore.

A thing I have to commend this film on is the acting. There are some real pieces of shit in this movie, but the innocence in these girls is something disturbing. I felt for these girls more because I didn't recognize anyone in it. The only person I recognized in The Seasoning House is the awesome Sean Pertwee. Ironically, I didn't care for his character too much and thought the movie suffered because of it. I believe the reality aspect of this film was removed when he makes himself present. What started out to be a very emotional and brutal picture turned out to be a predictable cartoon.

This is the type of film to watch by yourself. I don't see a bunch of people gathering up, making a big bowl of popcorn and watch women getting tortured. It's quite an experience to say you watched it, but it doesn't really do much for the viewer. After seeing Jason Vorhees rip people apart with a machete, I feel good about myself for watching it. I am on the fence after watching The Seasoning House. It is an above average horror/thriller, but I felt that two different directors were at the helm. One director took the first half the film and another director took over after Sean Pertwee made himself known. It's just a little odd, but I personally didn't hate it. This may be one of my more mixed and rambling-type reviews, but I just don't know what else to say about it besides watch it for yourself.

Overall, The Seasoning House did its job. It's a gruesome film that's not meant to be viewed by a large audience at once. Maybe watch it yourself and then spring it on your friends after you know how people handle certain situations. It does a good job of bringing to light the horrors of reality, but only for about the first half of the film. After that, it turns into a Tom and Jerry cartoon. The only saving grace is a cameo near the end of the film. So, yeah why not, check out The Seasoning House, maybe you'll catch something I missed!

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