By Lynn Tackitt
Writer/director Jim Towns has made a film that will grab his audiences with “House OF Bad”. He has your attention from the first shot and keeps his unique take on a situation stemmed from desperation.
Three sisters with tumulus lives, one an-con, one a hooker and the other a junkie, come up with a plan to steal a case of heroin and hideout for a month until they can sell it. Teig, (Heather L. Tyler) the oldest sister, who comes up with the plan, who self-proclaims that she is the brains of the operation, talks her sister, Sirah, (Sadie Katz) a hooker, to steal a case from her boyfriend. Also, in with the plan is their half-sister, Lily, (Cheryl Sands) a junkie who they plan on drying out while they are in hiding.
They decide to hide up in their childhood home for a month until they can sell the drugs and then be on their way to a new life in Mexico. It would seem like a simple enough plan, and if they had more in common or were closer to one another, they wouldn’t have started to get on each other’s nerves so soon.
Maybe the house, which holds some painful memories, wasn’t a great place to go. The memories of abuse start to surface as each one deals with the situation they have created. As they relive certain memories, you start to wonder if they are really seeing things that are there or are we dealing with their inner ghosts of a life of turmoil.
Can you have a life that was bad when you were a child and as you got older it got worse, get better? Or does your personal ghosts take on a life of their own? Does karma evolve from this or does their parent’s bad karma spill over onto the kids? As Teig tries to hold them all together and get them through the month, she deals with her own inner ghosts.
Teig & Sirah hold more of a connection to the house since they lived there as children, and therefore, have more memories, but it turns out that Lily’s existence is also connected to the events of the house.
“House of Bad”, has a strong cast that pulls the various personality sides together and hold the movie together, even in the few, slightly slower spots. The actresses go through the phases of wanting to be together and get through this plan, to go on to a more prosperous life, to being shut in for days on end with nothing to do but be with other people that you really don’t have a lot in common with or trust.
As they deal with their situations, each in their own manner, throughout the movie your opinions of them changes. One minute you want to smack one of them, the next you want to cheer them on. You find yourself getting very much vested in each of their experiences with the house and the situation and wondering who is going to fall apart or double cross the other two.
“House of Bad” is a good film with a lot of different angles where you ask yourself, “What if this had happened to me and I were in this situation?” Is the house haunted with personal memories or is the house really haunted with the presence of their dead parents? Was the ending totally predictable? Maybe a bit, but the final shot was priceless. It put a very good question to mind. Just how strong are we, when faced with nowhere else to go?
Mr. Towns has made a film that is worth sitting down and watching until the credits roll and I think he is only getting started on career of movies that might just make your squirm.