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Reviewed by Nat Qu 3 / 10

Scrapped after 70%?

The ending was so botched, I can't help thinking the crew itself got "evicted" half way through the filming (read, ran out of money or fell apart). Despite the weird behavior of several characters, the story had a good potential till it suddenly, stupidly, untimely took a twist that is so used and abused, it doesn't even elicit a chuckle anymore. It just made an impression that the crew abruptly pulled the plug in the middle of all the action. Movies like this make me wonder how someone gets so much money, convinces a bunch of talented people to participate (most of the actors, the operator was pretty good), and is not held accountable for making bad script decisions that inevitably cut any hope for a good payout. Anyway. If you are reading this review, be smarter than me and trust the low rating: it is not an underrated gem. You would waste your time.

Reviewed by Peter Pluymers 4 / 10

Trust me, Havenhurst is the ideal method to get rid of an addiction.

"Our rules are simple.You stay sober, you lead a good life, and you don't fall back into your old habits.Then, you are welcome to stay here until the day you die. And if I don't lead a good life? Then your stay at Havenhurst would be terminated."

Are you a recovering addict and you're offered to stay at "Havenhurst" as aftercare, you'd better make sure you do not slide back into your bad habit. The result is an eviction from this gigantic baroque looking building in downtown New York. A normal eviction would involve you packing your bags and closing the door behind you in an agitated mood. If your stay is terminated at "Havenhurst", the eviction is quite painful and final. But you can be sure of one thing. You won't fall of the wagon ever again.

The person who moves to "Havenhurst" is Jackie (Julie Benz), a recovering alcoholic who's responsible for the death of her lovable daughter because of her addiction. After she gets fired from rehab, she'll get a further follow-up in this luxurious looking hotel. Apparently, a whole bunch of ex-addicts are staying there. As said before, there's only golden rule in this building. The residents shouldn't start again with their bad habits. This is explained by Eleanor (Fionnula Flanagan), landlady of this shelter. A distinguished-looking elderly woman who clearly shows her sympathy towards the inhabitants and who obviously cares about their welfare. In retrospect, she appears to be mother of two less peaceful sons. Even a link is made with the notorious Herman Mudget (better known as H. H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers from the 1800s).

In itself the film wasn't so bad but it wasn't really impressive either. It's a mixture of a few superficial ideas and concepts already used in other movies. The house is a maze of secret corridors and entrances in the walls, just like in "House Bound". The final destination of the victims and the denouement is again similar to "The Hoarder". The basement reminds you of "The Texas chainsaw massacre". And of course again you'll witness a little bit of detective work when Jackie realizes that some guests disappear without a trace. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of elements which aren't explained. There's the disappearance of Jackie's girlfriend Danielle (Danielle Harris). A brief event and a reason for Jackie to initiate an investigation "Havenhurst". And her relationship with the helpful agent isn't explained either in detail.

The biggest disappointment for me was the horror content of the film. You can't really call it horror because it isn't actually frightening. Gory scenes can be counted on one hand. There is only one explicit scene and it's also kind of implausible at the same time. And to be honest the physical strength of the killer who moves throughout the building via cleverly designed mechanisms, is a bit exaggerated. His new victims are hurled through the room as if they weigh nothing. At one point I thought it was a paranormal phenomenon with a superhuman strength.

And how is it that other people haven't heard that something was wrong? The walls are apparently paper thin so you can easily hear every suspicious noise or moaning. But apparently only Jackie can hear it. "Havenhurst" is no more than a thriller containing a gloomy mystery. A sort of horror for beginners. Unfortunately, there is not such a refuge in reality. Otherwise, more people would admit they have a problem so they are sure of a place in such a majestic building. Without a serial killer of course.

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Reviewed by dcarsonhagy 4 / 10

Don't Get an Eviction Notice

Imagine you are a recovering addict, either from alcohol, pills, or hard-core drugs. You finish your rehab and are sent to live in a lovely brownstone. Once you're there, you notice tenant after tenant disappearing right under your nose, and even though you try to get the police involved, they are completely disinterested. If that is the case, you are living in "Havenhurst."

Jackie has just completed her rehab (for alcoholism) and she is moved into Havenhurst. She is also looking for her very dear friend, Danielle, a photographer, who suddenly disappeared. As luck would have it, she is moved into Danielle's recently "vacated" apartment. Weird things begin to happen and she desperately tries to piece together the mystery of Havenhurst.

The few things I liked about this film were the style, the look, the story, and the pacing. However, this was all undone by unbelievable actions and non-reactions by the characters. Jackie is NEVER in a hurry. Even when gut-wrenching screams are heard coming from her next door neighbors, she manages to do the 100-meter mosey, acting neither alarmed, surprised, or even caring. This is never reported to the management and most times never to the police. The detective and police also got on my nerves. In today's times, they will investigate an ant fart, but screams, wailing, and disappearances bring about as much interest as an ad for swimwear featuring Hillary Clinton. And the ending--oh lord, the ending. All of us serious horror movie watchers know you usually just have to "go with the flow." However, I could not in this movie, and it RUINED it for me.

Rated "R" for disturbing images, horror violence, simulated sex, and brief nudity. I did not particularly care for it; you might. This one is a toss-up.

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