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House Keeping (2013/After Dark/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: C

Another installment in the After Dark production roster, Jennifer Harrington's House Keeping (2013) is another paranormal horror film that is not completely original nor necessarily terrible. Not unlike Jessabelle, The Skeleton Key, or The Orphanage, a woman's dark past is revealed at an unusual location and creepy things start to happen. This has become a sub-genre in horror and plays out again here.

Lucy Castillo (Adriana Solis), a young med student, has just given up a prized summer internship to bail out her troubled younger brother, Sal (Carlos Foglia) for the umpteenth time. He needs cash fast, and after being unable to find a job, Lucy reluctantly accepts the too-good-to-be-true position as a housekeeper offered to her through a friend of a friend.

For only three weeks work, she will be paid enough to get Sal out of trouble. Things start to take a disturbing turn, however, as the job reveals itself to be anything but normal. Her never-seen employer seems to have a dark side, and Lucy's own haunted past begins to reappear, tormenting her. As the job spirals out of control and Sal's life hangs in the balance, Lucy's grip on reality disappears.

Sound and Picture on the disc are standard for DVD with a anamorphic widescreen presentation in 2.35 X 1 framing and a lossy Dolby Digital Track. Surprisingly, we get no extras on the disc, which doesn't say much for the After Dark series. There should be ongoing making of documentaries to put under the label or something more than just commercials for other releases.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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