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The House on Pine Street

The House on Pine Street

Feb. 28, 2015 USA111 Min.
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8.7 1,579 votes

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A psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house.

The House on Pine Street
The House on Pine Street
Original titleThe House on Pine Street
IMDb Rating5.3 1,331 votes
TMDb Rating4.3 11 votes

(18) comments

  • Derek McCaw ([email protected])March 1, 2015Reply

    Tense psychological haunted house thriller

    This was recommended to me because I liked The Conjuring, but I think
    The House on Pine Street hearkens back to an even earlier more stylish
    film — Robert Wise’s The Haunting. Like that film, The House on Pine
    Street uses mostly sound effects and lighting for its scares, though
    mixed in with modern shooting techniques to make it feel fresh. The
    film creates honest scares while also portraying a young wife’s
    ambivalence toward motherhood and returning to her hometown. Fun and
    more effective for what it doesn’t actually show or tell us is going
    on, it waits awhile before getting into the paranormal. It’s patient,
    intelligent, and well-acted.

  • heymundyMarch 3, 2015Reply

    Review from the 2015 Cinequest Screening

    I was very fortunate enough to catch a viewing of this movie at the
    2015 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose.

    The result of recent graduates from the USC School of Cinematic Arts
    and the University of Kansas, ”The House On Pine Street” (THOPS) tells
    the story of Jennifer (Emily Goss), who is seven months pregnant, and
    her husband Luke (Taylor Bottles). They both leave their hometown in
    Chicago in favor of a rental in Kansas, where Jennifer soon begins to
    experience paranormal activities. Of course, she is the only one to
    witness these strange occurrences, which adds a strain to her marriage
    and further complicates an already broken relationship with her mother,
    Meredith (Cathy Barnett). As Jennifer struggles to figure out what is
    going on, both in the house and with herself, she encounters creepy
    twins, odd neighbors and house guests, and scary doors. Yes, these
    doors are scary.

    The production of THOPS is very eerie, which makes it a great addition
    to the library of horror films. Everything from the cinematography and
    lighting to the sound bites and music used all blends together
    perfectly for an engaging and startling experience. The actors all
    shine brightly (Barnett does an excellent job playing a seemingly
    villainous mother while Bottles portrayal of a husband that doesn’t
    quite understand his wife’s crazy antics is spot-on), but the true star
    of it all is Emily Goss. Goss gives a captivating and haunting
    performance as the main star of the show, and handles the spotlight
    with ease. Since I had an opportunity to speak with her briefly after
    the screening, I was very impressed with how ”normal” Goss appeared to
    be, which made me appreciate even more how perfectly she was able to
    get into character for the role of Jennifer.

    What I really enjoyed most about THOPS was its realistic portrayal of
    what would happen to someone encountering these paranormal activities.
    So many films have done the same thing over and over, but THOPS doesn’t
    follow that typical formula … which I unfortunately can’t really
    further elaborate on, since I intend for this review to be
    spoiler-free. Sorry to be a tease! For a film that was mostly
    self-funded and crafted by a group of talented young adults all under
    the age of 25, the result is truly remarkable. You can see it in the
    film’s execution that everything the team has learned from their
    respective schools have been applied, to giving its audience the best
    possible viewing experience.

    I believe this is the first feature film debut from the Keeling
    Brothers, and I’m sure it is only the beginning of a great future for
    the duo, as well as the actors (most notably Emily Goss) and the rest
    of the crew and staff. I highly recommend you check out THOPS in the
    event it plays at a theater near you. It is a very enjoyable
    experience, and when you remember that everyone who worked on the film
    are all recent college graduates, it will hopefully inspire you to do
    something just as great with your life! Also, if you’re like me, be
    forewarned – you may never look at doors or babies playing with Lego
    blocks the same again!

  • dougray30May 11, 2015Reply

    An Entertaining Film on a Low Budget

    I was one of this film’s Kickstarter backers, so I had the privilege of
    watching it on DVD before it is available to the general public. I
    don’t want to go into the plot because I detest spoilers. This was a
    first-time feature film, with a relatively small budget, but you
    wouldn’t know it by the quality of the finished product. The acting is
    spot-on, the direction good, the sound quality is flawless (which, if
    you watch a lot of lower budget films, you know sound is often a
    disaster). Excellent cinematography, terrific casting, and the editing
    is first-rate.

    Watching a film like this at home on DVD is not the same as in a
    crowded theater. I didn’t find ”The House on Pine Street” to be a SCARY
    film. I did enjoy it, and found it to have a few scares within. Mostly
    it is higher on the creepy factor, with a sense of unease woven
    throughout. They avoid the most obvious clichés, and the well-rounded
    characters give the film a depth that is sadly missing from many of its
    kind.

    I recommend The House on Pine Street as a thinking person’s horror
    movie. You won’t jump out of your seat (well, maybe once or twice), and
    you won’t see blood spurting everywhere. Plenty of other films to take
    care of those needs. THOPS doesn’t try to be anything it’s not; it
    ignores the standard definitions of genre and does its own thing,
    successfully.

  • planktonrulesNovember 29, 2015Reply

    It does what a horror film is supposed to do…it scares the crap out of you!

    ”The House on Pine Street” is an excellent horror film. It’s good
    because the purpose of a horror film is to leave you scared and
    disturbed…and it does a really, really good job of scaring viewers
    half to death. While the story is pretty good, what really makes the
    movie work is the mood. Directors Aaron and Austin Keeling do a great
    job of building suspense and setting a dark and forbidding tone. Along
    with the effective music, you cannot help but be pulled into this tense
    story.

    The story begins with a young couple moving back to the wife’s
    hometown. She’s pregnant but instead of being happy to be near her
    mother, Jennifer (Emily Goss) is tense and you soon see why. Her mother
    is a very controlling and difficult person–and Jennifer dreads being
    near her. However, while Jennifer thinks this is her big problem she
    soon realizes she has an even bigger one on her hands…the house is
    haunted or filled with demonic spirits or something ungodly is going on
    there. However, while she notices weird sounds, finds faucets turning
    on by themselves and even, on occasion, sees people who soon disappear,
    her mother and husband are very dismissive of Jennifer’s fears about
    the house. They treat her again and again like she is losing her mind.
    What’s really going on here and what about Jennifer’s baby….? And are
    the mother and husband somehow in on it….but what is it?!

    If you are a person who insists that every loose end is tied up
    perfectly and you eventually must understand what is happening and why,
    then you might just be a bit disappointed in this movie. It ends
    leaving many questions unanswered. This doesn’t mean there are plot
    holes but it leaves the viewer to decide for themselves as to what’s
    really happening. This didn’t bother me because why this all occurs
    didn’t seem to matter. It was clear, like in another scary film,
    ”1408”, that this house simply was evil and was bent on driving
    Jennifer out of her mind…or worse. See this film…it’s an excellent
    low budget film that proves you don’t need a huge budget in order to
    craft a very good picture.

  • Dawn KeetleyDecember 2, 2015Reply

    A young couple moves into a house that may or may not be haunted

    The House on Pine Street is a genuinely creepy film that hearkens back
    to a more suspenseful tradition. There’s no gore and very few jump
    scares, but it definitely made me intensely uneasy. It’s a slow (in a
    good way) portrait of a woman whose state of mind is cast in doubt from
    beginning to end. Jenny (compellingly played by Emily Goss) is
    demonstrably not happy about being back in her Kansas hometown, living
    near her mother, away from her life in Chicago, and, most importantly,
    being pregnant. The film keeps you wondering arguably to the end about
    whether what’s happening to Jenny is supernatural or psychological. A
    previous reviewer is definitely on point about the similarity of The
    House on Pine Street to Robert Wise’s 1963 film The Haunting (and the
    Shirley Jackson novel on which the film was based). It also reminded me
    of Rosemary’s Baby.

  • Erik VanlierDecember 29, 2015Reply

    Are There Ghosts in the House on Pine Street

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • rooeeJanuary 10, 2016Reply

    Eschews the gore but not the bore

    If it’s gonna be dumb at least make it fun. That’s surely the unwritten
    rule of horror. But this bland and generic haunted house indie makes
    the fatal error of trying to keep a straight face throughout, however
    predictable the events and however skin-crawling the dialogue. It’s
    restrained in its deployment of violence – but also, sadly, in terms of
    enjoyment.

    Jennifer (Emily Goss) and Luke (Taylor Bottles) move into a big
    crumbling house in a sleepy Kansas suburb. She’s seven months pregnant
    and reluctant. He urges her to give the place a go. They’re soon
    visited by Jennifer’s overbearing mother, Meredith (Cathy Barnett),
    whose presence seems to trigger memories in Jennifer of a previous
    breakdown. So when the house starts taunting ‘n’ haunting, the
    assumption is that Jennifer is simply on the turn again. Most of the
    horror (and accompanying tedium) emerges from the fear of not being
    believed, and the threat to mother and child.

    It’s a familiar setup: giving a chance to an instantly creepy house;
    one partner who’s nervous and one who’s patient; the forbidden room;
    the secret past; the strange staring neighbours. I was surprised when
    no one finds a box of old video tapes and newspaper cuttings. The
    ‘Better Movie Checklist’ looms large: The Omen (creepy child);
    Poltergeist (tossed furniture and a visiting psychic); The Shining
    (ambiguous twins); The Haunting (a chilling case of mistaken identity).

    But more than anything there’s the presence of Rosemary’s Baby:
    motherhood anxiety seeps into the very fabric of the film; particularly
    its best scenes, between Jennifer and her scheming, possessive mother.
    There’s a moment when Jennifer goes to her mum’s house for solace, and
    they seem to slip back into roles that have existed since Jennifer’s
    childhood. There’s enough eerie tension here to suggest the story may
    be turning towards an intriguing third act. But that junction is
    promptly passed by.

    The overarching problem is, the cinematic influences are great but
    where’s the USP? The drama is rote, the plot is plodding, and the
    scares are imaginative only on a micro level: mouse traps triggered by
    an unknown force, or boxes inexplicably moving of their own accord.
    Like many a horror movie without an identity, it starts well enough,
    with some intriguing, subtle spookings. But alas, it becomes quickly
    clear, through formulaic plot beats and zombified dialogue (”There’s no
    such thing as ghosts”), that this is a movie lacking a unique
    personality.

    Speaking of which, Goss and Bottles put in a pair of performances which
    are adequate at best. Having far more fun are Barnett as the mother and
    Jim Korinke as the possibly-psychic Walter. The latter gets the best
    piece of bad dialogue: a WTF climactic speech about the forces of
    energy (or something) which is presumably meant to tie everything up,
    but which is so rambling and bizarre that you have to wonder if the
    actor himself knew what he was on about.

    The photography has a pallid appearance, all autumn hues and
    naturalistic lighting, which only serves to highlight the unconvincing
    characters and jars with the laughable events. When Jennifer is being
    tossed around by the poltergeist, a different score would have made it
    comedy gold. But instead we get by-the-numbers ambient doom music
    connoting something much more horrifying than what we’re actually
    seeing.

    Remarkably, at the end I was left unsure as to whether a key character
    was meant to have died. The reactions of the other characters just
    seemed incongruent. I’m not sure if this was unforgivably poor writing
    and editing or whether I’d simply stopped caring by then. Either way it
    does nothing to endorse this very uninteresting and uninspired film.

  • olelegendFebruary 7, 2016Reply

    An chilling and uneasy haunted house gem

    Eerie, atmospheric and at times genuinely unsettling, its a respectable
    addition to the haunted house genre. The movie is probably a little too
    long at just under two hours, but the viewers patience during the slow
    build up is rewarded with some chilling scenes, added to greatly by the
    movies creepy sound effects which are utilized extremely craftily. The
    lead actress, Emily Goss, does a fine job of portraying a tortured
    individual, akin to the mother in The Babadook, a very different type
    of haunted house flick. The film makers seem to have made the most of
    an obviously limited budget and for the most part avoid the usual
    clichés/tropes movies of a similar nature often surrender to.

  • MugShotBluesFebruary 12, 2016Reply

    Above Average

    Jump to the last 3 lines! the rest of this is dribble that IMDb wants
    us to put in as if its going to make a difference!

    I LIKE the part of the movie where if you weren’t watching it would
    have you thinking of the last part where they tried to write 10 lines
    of dribble but in this case the last frame was what I expected while
    others might of though that posts have NO life so IMDb makes us write
    10 lines of dribble.

    Don’t stop me I’m still trying to write dribble dribble dribble.

    My pet peeves are long drown out reviews from credits wannabe’s and
    this site forces you to put in more then 10 lines which is totally
    ridiculous!

    My review is the last 3 lines so skip over all the BS that IMDb makes
    you dribble in as if we have no life and really care about others.

    Everyone knows that there are very few horror/thriller movies made that
    are 10’s so with that being said I look for quality in filming and this
    one is above average. IMHO its well worth the watch

  • begobFebruary 25, 2016Reply

    Shut that door!

    An unsettled couple with a baby on the way move back from the city to
    the wife’s hometown, but she dreads their new home while everyone else
    thinks she’s crazy.

    Dialogue heavy psychological ghost story with problems in script,
    direction, editing and pace. The stand out feature is the photography
    and framing of shots, where a lot of care and intelligence is on show
    from the start. The dialogue is often too much or just trite, and many
    scenes start too early or end too late, and some of the cut aways or
    inserts in the editing are pointless. There is a good house warming
    scene, lively and well observed, but that’s about it.

    The biggest problem is that the ghost story doesn’t measure up to the
    psychological drama, with no drive to it – comparable to The Babadook –
    and the director’s overuse of jump scares is feeble. And 111 mins? 20
    too many.

    The parts are well played, with the lead actress giving good close up
    and the mother and psychic showing their experience, but sometimes the
    actors struggled with the dialogue and the lack of motivation within
    the story.

    The music is good but nothing outstanding.

    Overall – frustrating to see so much quality serving a weak story.

  • tmdarbyMarch 14, 2016Reply

    Subtle and Terrifying

    The House on Pine street should be shown to any horror movie director
    as an example on how to make a good movie.

    It’s also an example of how a good story and good direction can take a
    movie with a low budget and make it excellent. You don’t need a lot of
    special effects if the story is done right.

    The scares are very subtle and don’t even tip you off with scary music.
    I love movies like that, you actually have to pay attention. The acting
    was well done and the story left a lot for the viewer to interpret.

    If you are a person that doesn’t enjoy a movie where you may have to
    draw your own conclusions, this movie may not be for you. If you enjoy
    a movie that keeps you on your toes and makes you think about it, give
    this one a chance.

  • marleneholmhammershoejMarch 25, 2016Reply

    Delivers quite well

    While I’m no movie expert, I am a horror fan and not easily scared.
    Sadly, there’s so long between a horror movie which really delivers,
    but this one did rather well I thought. What makes it all the more
    joyful, is the lack of reliance on special effects. It’s well paced and
    uses the art of suggestion rather than cheep jump-scares, a style I
    appreciate. Furthermore, I found myself sympathizing greatly with the
    female protagonist, another key element in a good horror movie. This
    movie keeps the viewer speculating and guessing until the end, which I
    find is the turning point of a scary movie. Nothing is more scary that
    the unknown, as we well know. This brings me to the only regret I have
    about this movie, -the ending. I won’t reveal anything, but as most
    suspense movies, the ending leaves the viewer a bit disappointed. I for
    my part can forgive the movie for this, since it relates to the point
    above. It’s the unknown which is most scary, the sum of possible
    explanations. As soon as the movie settles on one specific explanation,
    most of the suspense is diffused. Don’t let this keep you from viewing
    the movie though. I promise, it postpones the inevitable solution as
    long as possible. All in all; no masterpiece, but delivers as a horror
    movie.

  • Radu StanApril 19, 2016Reply

    Is there something wrong with me?

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • rowhanningApril 25, 2016Reply

    Bad Acting, Slow Plot, Unfulfilled Ending

    I heard a lot of hype for The House on Pine Street for awhile when it
    was making it’s rounds across the film festival circuit. Sitting down
    and watching the movie was unattainable unless I wanted to travel quite
    some distance to catch it at a festival.

    I was elated to see that it was finally available to view privately.

    And then I started to watch it….

    One of the first things I noticed immediately was the terrible acting.
    Every motion in this movie feels like just that, going through a
    motion. The three main characters you’ll be dealing with (Jennifer,
    Luke, and Meredith) all lack fluidity on the screen overall. Worse yet,
    they fail to bring forth any stir of emotion in the more intimate
    scenes.

    A big supporter in the downfall stated above, is the atrocious script.
    The dialogue is dry and immensely boring (add onto this the
    white-washed filter they used to shoot the entire film, and it’s
    basically a lullaby.) There is little to no character development even
    as you reach the end of the almost two-hour run time. And worse yet,
    the big reveal of the ”evil” that haunts our protagonist at the end can
    be equated, basically, as ”bad vibes dude”.

    I REALLY love and respect a good horror film. It’s a genre in film that
    calls for a lot of finesse. It takes phenomenal acting, a good plot,
    and creating an atmosphere to encompass all these elements together in
    a package containing ample amounts of dread.

    The House on Pine Street nailed absolutely none of these elements. It
    was an extreme disappointment.

    If you want to see a good horror film from 2015, check out ”It
    Follows”.

  • spook-19June 22, 2016Reply

    Excellent Psychological Horror

    After reading so many negative comments on the IMDb message board, I
    was very skeptical about watching this film at the local cinema. But I
    decided to go against all of the negativity and give this film a chance
    and I’m very glad I did so.

    I was the only one in the entire theater (which is always a plus for me
    as I hate the annoying moviegoers using their cell phone or having a
    loud conversation with one another).

    So this movie is not your run of the mill ‘Horror’ that Hollywood is
    churning out these days with the usual creature make ups and jump
    scares. For me, none of that is scary. It never makes me feel uneasy.
    It’s rather just a cheap ploy to make the viewer jump the same way a
    child might do by hiding behind a corner and scream boo!.

    This movie is a rather fresh take on the entire paranormal phenomenon
    and it lets the viewer decide what they think is taking place and
    whether or not it is real. The story made me connect with the
    protagonist, the husband and even the mother in law at the same time
    making me change my mind about each one of them throughout.

    Of course it uses the typical ”husband won’t believe what the wife
    tells him” but it is used in a very clever way.

    I do not want to give away too much but I thought It would be good to
    give my two cents on the review section and let people know that there
    was never a dull moment in the film for me. The shots were tasteful,
    the acting was very good and the ‘horror’ bits were unsettling without
    the use of cheap tactics.

    At the end of the film, I was very pleased and I would recommend it to
    any true fans of the supernatural/psychological horror genre. Not
    recommended for fans of Jump Scare Horror. It’s a solid 8/10.

    It is not a masterpiece, but it’s a great little film.

  • smj-20548November 28, 2016Reply

    Hard to believe this won awards

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  • James ListerApril 22, 2017Reply

    The House on Pine Street

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