Thursday, October 1, 2009

Glass House: The Good Mother (movie #2)

I bet a lot of people haven't seen this movie. I mean, "The Glass House" wasn't the best movie ever made, so I'm fairly certain that this direct to DVD sequel didn't garner much attention. Because of this, I won't give away as much of the plot as I did with "The Ruins." Suffice it to say that this movie scared the everloving SHIT out of me. If there's any doubt that this is a horror movie, let me dispel that right now. I SCREAMED at the end of this movie. Do you know how hard it is to get me to SCREAM at a horror movie these days? I've seen so many horror movies that to be honest, a lot of them don't even affect me anymore, but this one sucked me in and I cared so much about the characters that I couldn't help but get caught up and I actually screamed, I was wound so tight and so tense and worried about the main characters.

First of all, I love Angie Harmon (the woman who plays "the mother," Eve, in this movie). She played ADA Abbie Carmichael on my favorite TV show, "Law & Order" for awhile, and I fell in love with her there, so I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to see her as evil in this movie, but I needn't have worried. She was so creepy and cold and calculating and just plain fucked in the head that she scared me right from the beginning. The thing is, surprisingly, I loved the teen female lead Jordan Hinson as much as I loved Angie Harmon. the two of them have great chemistry right from the start, and Jordan Hinson is so good at playing the angsty teenage girl that at first, it's hard to sympathize with her (she's not exactly nice to her foster mother). Of course, as the movie progresses, it becomes clear who is evil here, and things get tense from there. The cat-and-mouse scenes are nail-bitingly good. I'm impressed. Joel Gretsch does a good job playing the husband and making us wonder just what he's up to, and he has a huge surprise up his sleeve (at least I didn't see it coming, and it's hard to fool me, but I was so focused on being terrified of Angie Harmon that I kind of forgot about him until he totally came out of left field and shocked me).

This movie could be very triggering for people from abusive families. I'm just putting that out there because it did trigger me a bit, but it's definitely very impacting. Seriously people, ignore the bad reviews and give this movie a chance. It's ten times scarier than "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" could ever hope to be.

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