A young man whose parents are killed in a car accident invents a machine intended to provide wireless electricity, but when activated, the device begins to attract a malevolent presence...
‘Our House’ was ok, but was only of interest to me because of it’s difficult journey to the screen. Apparently it was a real labour of love by the director who collaborated closely with his friends, synth duo ‘Electric Youth’, to create an atmospheric and moving soundtrack to support his vision.
Unfortunately the producers didn’t share his point of view, re-editing the film and replacing Electric Youth’s score in it’s entirety.
It’s a shame because there’s some good stuff here, the performances are far better than you’d expect from this sort of thing, and there’s an affecting undercurrent of sadness throughout. And while the story is a little underdeveloped, there’s a level of craftsmanship that suggests the original version, combined with the original score, might well have been rather diverting. It’s disappointing and jarring then, when ‘Our House’ descends into cheap jump scares and crappy CGI figures menacing the cast - all no doubt a result of the pre release tinkering.
Ultimately the director all but disowned the project, and Electric Youth released their fantastic score separately late last year under the title ‘Breathing. Soundtrack from a lost film’. (swipe to see the album cover, a beautiful image that the actual movie poster appears to have cheekily ripped off!).