‘Don’t wake the dead!’
The Curse of Hobbes House is a 2020 British horror feature film about a young woman who inherits a huge mansion with a zombie curse.
Directed by Juliane Block (3 Lives; 8 Remains) from a screenplay written Wolf-Peter Arand and based on a story by Block, the Aquaset Filmworks-J-Blockbuster production stars Mhairi Calvey (3 Lives), Waleed Elgadi, Makenna Guyler, Kevin Leslie and Jo Price.
After the death of her grandmother, Jane Dormant (Mhairi Calvey) travels to the family’s remote, ancestral home hoping to receive a large inheritance.
When Jane’s estranged, half-sister Jennifer (Makenna Guyler) arrives at Hobbes House to claim her part of the estate, the sisters’ simmering hate breaks out completely. Suddenly, a violent, unexpected storm cuts the estate off from outside help and a wave of bloodthirsty zombies lays siege. Now the rival siblings have to learn how to fight back together…
” …care is taken to bring as much emotion and character development as there is killing and chaos. While the overly wacky zombies may be a turn-off, the movie otherwise makes for an intense thrill ride that also delivers compelling characters that act as more than mere kill fodder.” Geeks
“The acting is uniformly good, with a special nod to Waleed Elgadi for playing the best character in the film, Naser Mohammedin. There are a few decent gore effects, though they are undercut by too many weak CGI moments […] The Curse of Hobbes House might work if you prefer lighter horror films or just have to consume every zombie film out there.” Horror News
“The horror in the film does give us the undead rising, we get to learn about what causes this, which is usually one of the bigger weaknesses in the genre. The undead do have a unique look, with their glowing eyes too.” Movie Reviews 101
“Even if the guardians are not strictly zombies, spread their infection by touch as much as bite, and are confined to the precinct of Hobbes House, nonetheless the beleaguerment of the house by these blue-eyed running dead plays out like any number of well-trodden zombie scenarios, and never feels particularly distinguished. The characters too feel more like caricatures than real people, merely serving the film’s subtext, with Nigel proving a particularly cartoonish villain.” Projected Figures
” …concentrates on telling a strong story with fleshed-out characters and character conflicts first, and really fits the undead theme onto everything else rather nicely rather than just tag it on for added effect or make it so central to the narrative that the actual story gets lost in the process. And the direction goes along with that, staying focused on the characters and choosing suspense and atmosphere over cheap shocks…” Search My Trash
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The Curse of Hobbes House will be released on December 15th 2020 on VOD, Digital HD and DVD (US) and in 2021 (UK).
Cast and characters:
Mhairi Calvey … Jane Dormant
Waleed Elgadi … Naser Mohammedin
Makenna Guyler … Jennifer Dormant
Kevin Leslie … Nigel Thatcher
Jo Price … Eurydice Saul
Emma Spurgin Hussey … Aunt Alexandra
Lucy Jayne Murray … Tandem biker
Colin Murtagh … Zombie
Neil Chapelhow … Zombie
Image credits: White Villa Photography & Films