Written by: John Edward Betancourt
At some point we have all taken a moment to ponder the past when it comes to a new home, apartment or hotel. Rarely does it become our top of mind, but there is always that little voice that goes to a dark place in our imagination, taking that single moment to wonder if something terrible happened in the room we now sleep in. Thankfully our imagination will rarely take us beyond that point, and with good reason, the odds are against such possibilities. But that's the beauty of horror, it gives us the chance to see the awful answer to "what if?" and that's the focus of The Perfect House.
Set in Anytown, U.S.A. The Perfect House picks up as we meet a young couple in the market to buy a new home. The home they have chosen, despite the fact that it clearly fits all their needs, has a horrible past. That's the basics to the film as this flick brings us an anthology style terror tale in the vein of Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt by giving us three tales of terror from the house's dark past while using the prospective buyers as the wraparound story.
The film itself is pretty standard fare, with plenty of splatter to please, but we felt the need to review it for one particular reason, the second story in the film revolving around a killer named John Doesy. In this tale, we are trapped in the basement of the house with a young lady who is being groomed for her death by Doesy, played by Jonathan Tiersten. It is this story that is the absolute highlight of the film, all because of Mister Tiersten's performance. His portrayal of this madman is utterly terrifying. John Doesy is without remorse and without emotion, until the moment of the kill. Once the opportunity arises to open up another human being do we see a twinkle in the eye of this sick little man and at no point can you look away.
In fact Jonathan has won multiple awards for his performance in this film and he deserves it, only because every second he is on screen you are left uncomfortable. See it as soon as you can, simply for this outstanding performance. It will haunt you, and it will disturb you enough to let that part of your imagination linger a little longer on what might have happened in our homes before any of us set foot in them.