I need to tell you a little about me before I jump into my opinion. I'm a horror superfan! And I have a particular interest in 80s horror movies. I love the era of horror before CGI. 80s horror movies made creative use of lighting and sound to scare you. The fear was backed by a slow buildup of the story that gave context to the severity of the movie's threat.
That being said, I think Sweet Home is an excellent horror classic. It's everything you'd expect a campy 80s horror movie to be. It's mysterious and strange. The pace begins slowly, trickling in playful jump scares until the poltergeist begins making its moves. Using possession and deadly heat rays(), the menacing ghost picks off the humans one by one. Leading to the grand finale where you see the bulk of their special effects budget at work.
Sweet Home kept reminding me of Night of the Demons (1988) - learn more about it, watch the full movie on YouTube. Both movies consist of a group of people stuck in a haunted house (a house that looks so obviously a low-budget studio set, lol). Both movies involve possession and, in the end, focus on the furnace in the basement.
I think Sweet Home's production did a great job with the low budget they had. They aimed to scare you with eerie shadows and the insanity of the ghost that haunts the place. You need to love campy 80s horror movies to appreciate this movie. Otherwise, you'll probably find it boring. If you played the Famicon game, it's cool to see where the game referenced the movie.
Just like the movie, the game tells the story of a team of five filmmakers exploring an old mansion in search of precious frescos hidden there. As they explore the mysterious mansion, they encounter hostile ghosts and other supernatural enemies. The player must navigate the intricately laid-out mansion, battling with the enemies. There is a permadeath system, so fallen characters cannot be resurrected. You must keep the characters alive with the limited weapons and health restorative items available. If you'd like to learn more, check out Daria Reviews Sweet Home.
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This is the only live action movie featured in this site. It's a special exception because in my main FantasyAnime.com I have a Parasite Eve shrine dedicated to the PlayStation 1 RPG. I'm a big fan of the game, so of course, I had to put up the movie. Both the game and this movie are based on the Parasite Eve novel. The game is actually a sequel to the novel.
I read several reviews before watching this movie. And after watching it, I agree with the general consensus that this movie feels like two movies. The first half is a sad love story. The second half turns into a more traditional 90s horror movie. Reviews are fairly mixed as to whether this movie is good or terrible. As for me, I liked this movie. Just be ready for slow-paced storytelling (which is typical of 90s Japanese movies). I especially recommend this movie if you're a fan of the PlayStation 1 game. 153554b96e