Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% (Critics) / 47% (Audience)
Directed By: Jon Knautz and Trevor Matthews
Written By: Nick Gordon
Starring: Ali Cobrin, Adam DiMarco, Slaine, Zuleyka Silver
Studio: Entertainment One Films
Synopsis: A HALLOWEEN-style slasher for the digital age, it follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life. – (Source)
You would think that a horror movie set in an adult webcam house would be ridiculously overdone when it came to gratuitous sex and nudity but, to this film’s credit, the sex and nudity is not any more exploitative than what you would find in pretty much any random slasher horror film from the 1980s.
And setting the film in a house full of webcam allows the movie to play in both the “found-footage” realm as well as being shot in a straightforward way.
I also appreciated that all of the webcam girls followed the cliche archetypes that one usually finds in horror films…we had The Good Girl, The Slut, The Mean Girl, The Sensible Girl…I happen to like it when horror sticks to the basics.
The biggest problem with this movie is the villain, Loverboy. He had a really lame backstory/reason for being a murderer (some mean girls tricked him into dropping trow and then laughed at his tiny penis), his look was a mess, making him a computer programing genius seemed really unrealistic and he didn’t look like he should have been nearly the physical juggernaut he turned out to be.
Plus there was a very skeevy to the way the murders (especially with the women characters) were handled. They all just seemed to veer too close to torture porn type death scenes and had almost no style or panache to them.
There were so many scenes where Loverboy would get incredibly close to a potential victim or he would be hiding in a completely obvious hiding spot and none of these people would notice. Take Exhibit A here:
How in the hell does she not see a 300 lb fat guy in a living doll mask and bad wig standing in a shallow closet? It was like everyone in this movie was legally blind or something.
Final Verdict: A valiant effort to inject a little new energy into the slasher genre that is a bit predictable in spots and a bit gratuitous in other but ultimately GIRLHOUSE’s biggest failing is at the one thing it needed to get right which is its villain. Loverboy is not memorable at all and won’t make anyone forget Freddy, Jason or Michael anytime soon.