Friday, March 15, 2013


I admittedly arrived fashionably late to this party, but it was definitely worth the arrival.  The horror/comedy subgenre is arguably the most overdone of independent horror films, but The Selling holds its own as a pretty fun little flick.  Directed by Emily Lou, (YES. A WOMAN.)The story follows too-nice-for-his-own-good real estate agent, Richard Scarry (like the children's author) who has a tendency to talk people out of buying houses they cannot afford.  With his mother growing ill, Richard's  business partner, Dave Ross, comes up with the plan to flip an old house for profit.  Richard reluctantly agrees and purchase a house from real estate nemesis, Mary Best.  Once the two begin the process of flipping the house, it becomes all too apparent as to why they were able to nab the old house so cheap.  Ghastly voices, bleeding walls, a portal to the other side, and other spooky events start occurring, leading the two to realize, Mary sold them a haunted house.  Richard is now faced with the burden of finding a way to get the house off of his hands before it ruins his life.  With the help of his old Sunday school teacher, Father Jimmy, (played HILARIOUSLY by Barry Bostwick) and a Ghost Right's Activist, Richard does all that he can to get himself out of this mess.

If the story sounds contrived and predictable, that's because it is. Unlike most horror films that blatantly rip off the films of the past and pretend to be unique, The Selling never once tries to be something it's not.  The film is a strong homage to haunted house films ranging from House on Haunted Hill to Poltergeist with a little bit of cartoonish Scooby-Doo coating to encapsulate it all.  Penned by lead actor, Gabriel Diani, The Selling isn't a "great" film by any stretch of the imagination, but it makes for a campy night of fun.

The Selling takes the sensation of running on pure sugar inspired adrenaline through a carnival fun house with your friends and puts it into a movie form.  For as silly as the film is at times, it still manages a handful of scares that forces the audience to laugh at themselves for getting scared. Side note: I'm almost positive that the haunted house used in this film is the same house used for the "Zeta House" in The House Bunny. Seriously. Someone find out if that's the same house. I digress.

There's a lot of really, really, horrible horror comedies cranked out yearly by independent filmmakers, but The Selling really feels like a film that manages to keep its head above water. If you're expecting a seriously terrifying haunted house film, you might want to check back to the 1930s and leave The Selling for another evening.  If you're looking for plain ol' fun littered with clever little scares, The Selling is more than worth watching.


The Selling is available on iTunes and is currently playing VOD on FEARnet.
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