REVIEW: Girl House is a gruesome depiction of the dangerous digital age
Get ready for a fright this evening because Horror Channel is bringing viewers the network premiere of the shocking slasher film, Girl House.
In desperate need of some extra cash to fund her education fees, college student Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrine, Bad Neighbours) stumbles across a X-rated website, “Girl House”, that streams live feeds of young women living under constant video monitoring in a Big Brother-style house.
Recruited as the latest resident, pornography entrepreneur Gary Preston (James Thomas), AKA the “Hugh Hefner of the 21st century,” assures Kylie that she is moving into a totally safe environment thanks to strict security measures and impenetrable technology… or at least he thinks.
After performing the first striptease in her new abode, Kylie attracts the attention of a certain online user, “Loverboy.” Unfortunately for the new employee, her first customer is less the lover his onscreen handle suggests and more a, well, homicidal maniac. The deranged fan soon manages to hack the system, putting the entire house in danger.
Loverboy’s twisted perception of women stems from an incident all the way back in 1988 in Rehobeth, Alabama, when two young girls humiliate the young and overweight “Loverboy” and give him his trademark nickname. With this resentment towards women following him all the way into the present day, will Kylie be able to escape the dreaded Loverboy once he discovers the house’s secret location?
For a horror movie that has pornography as it’s main theme, Trevor Matthews’ film manages to be surprisingly not sleazy at all. With a Ted Bundy quote linking pornography to violence against women featuring in the opening credits, Girl House acts as an interesting warning against the dangers of the digital age, as well as the potential exploitations of women within the contemporary porn industry. Props must go to writer Nick Gordon, who deals with the topics at hand thoughtfully rather than overly sensationalising them, ensuring his characters are fully in control and consenting to their career choices.
The primary focus is more on gore and horror, however, and although I wouldn’t say Girl House quite makes the cut as a moral tale, it does excel as a slasher film that makes excellent use of practical effects. There is real tension and excitement leading up to the movie’s final moments and the deaths are satisfyingly gruesome. If you are after some well-executed and bloody horror this Friday, then make sure to give Girl House a watch.
Girl House (2014), Network premiere Friday 21st at 10:50pm on Horror Channel.