Movie Review : The Houses October Built (2014)

March 22, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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The producers of ‘Insidious’brings us the story of a group of friends set out on a road trip to visit the best haunted houses. The group is looking for the most extreme haunt they can find. At the haunted houses they begin to hear rumors of a haunted house in Louisiana that has a reputation for being truly terrifying.  The friends head to Louisiana and follow the hints they’re given, to find the haunted house’s secret location, but they may get more than they bargained for.


october 2

Bobby Roe directed this found footage film, as well as serving as one of it’s writers and playing the part of Bobby. Zack Andrews co-wrote ‘The Houses October Built’ and played the role of Zack, the husband of Brandy, tThe only girl of the group, played by Brandy Schaefer.  Mikey was played by Mickey Roe (Different Town).

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As some one who’s worked for a haunted house, I can relate with the villains of ‘The Houses October Built’, the people who enjoy scaring the hell out of people. The concept behind the movie is terrific, unfortunately the execution wasn’t.  Half the movie was wasted on footage that wasn’t necessary for the story line. I’m not a huge fan of found footage and this movie reminds me why. Going the found footage route was appropriate for the movie, but it should been put together better than it was. I realize the part of the point of found footage is to  build suspense, but when you can’t see half the movie, it’s just irritating. The actors did a good job in ‘The Houses October Built’, but the majority of the movie was just plain slow. The action didn’t start until the last thirty minutes of the movie. The movie didn’t even have an ending, it just cut off mid scene. I have the feeling that there will be a sequel that picks up at the moment this one ended, but I doubt I’ll be watching it.

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‘The Houses October Built’ is now out on DVD.


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