Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sweet Home (2015) 1h 20m
I don't know how, but there has been an obvious trope in both horror films and video games that I've been overlooking until now. It may already have a name, but for this blog I'm going to refer to it as the Boss Fight trope. Basically the viewer/player is given a standard bad guy. You see them as being the primary evil that the protagonist(s) have to overcome. Suddenly a much larger bad guy is revealed and his introduction is spent quickly destroying the already established bad guys just to show how fucking evil this one really is. There are no loyalties except to chaos or destruction brought by itself... and now you're fucked!
That's too good of a set up for what Sweet Home really is. It's a home invasion movie where it isn't even the protagonists' home. They're in a mostly abandoned building where they thought it would be okay to celebrate one of their birthdays there. We're given a quick introduction of text explaining that in Spain, real estate progress causes people to leave their home by choice, force, or a more sinister third option. It's murder. I'm spoiling that for you right now. I wish it was something like demonic possession but it's literally just murder.
Our protagonist couple get stuck in this building when three people come to murder an old man that's holding out. The couple take two of the three out and trap the third. This is when we get introduced to the Boss Fight and their "back-up" comes and cuts up the third guy while he's trapped. Then he freezes the bodies with liquid nitrogen and crushes them with a hammer. Finally he sweeps them into garbage bags. Shit is pro. It's so pro that it's created its own tier, it's godlike. The rest of the film is the couple trying to survive and escape.
This film really wasn't that great. The major bad guy was interesting in how methodical his work was. It was precise and emotionless. He's just shy of being considered a "slasher" because, in the end, he was still just human. Everything else here was just flat. Stare out as the highway goes into the horizon flat...
I give Sweet Home 1 gingerbread house out of 5: