Monday, March 15, 2021

Stay Out of the Attic Review: A Creepy and High Energy Night

Ryan Francis	...	Albert Schillinger Morgan Alexandria	Morgan Alexandria	...	Imani Bryce Fernelius	Bryce Fernelius	...	Carlos (as Bryce D. Fernelius) Michael Flynn	Michael Flynn	...	Vern Mueller / Josef Mengele Brynne Hurlbutt	Brynne Hurlbutt	...	Anne Avery Pizzuto	Avery Pizzuto	...	Sarah Garrett McClellan	Garrett McClellan	...	The Creeper

Release date: March 11, 2021
Running time: 78 minutes
Starring: Morgan Alexandria, Ryan Francis and Bryce Fernelius

A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers—played by Morgan Alexandria (Forever My Girl), Ryan Francis (Sisters) and Bryce Fernelius (Ruling of the Heart)—are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller (Michael Flynn, The Outpost), to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, including boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night? Written and directed by Jerren Lauder (Bug Bites).

Gary Auerbach	...	executive producer / producer Julie Auerbach	...	executive producer Todd Beck	...	executive producer Dallin Cerva	...	producer Jason Scott Goldberg	...	producer Tessa Shields	...	associate producer
Your enjoyment of Stay Out of the Attic will likely depend on how much you like the three main characters.  I really liked Ryan Francis as a mature ex-con with a troubled past.  The other two were enjoyable enough, but felt a little over the top.  Altogether, the pair make for an entertaining set of characters to spend a night in a creepy house with.  And the house itself is a great setting for this film, as all old houses are.  There are plenty of strange classic items, odd creeks, and other anomalies to keep you on edge during this.  And overall, the film relies on practical effects for the gore and scares, and some very brutal ones at that.  It makes the blood and gore that much more entertaining when it is well done, and this film definitely succeeds.  Additionally, the film has some great music when the action gets going.  

But where Stay Out of the Attic is let down is the story.  It is entertaining enough and provides a nice excuse for these individuals to be in the house, but it also is pretty thin.  The movers make some bad decisions and some of the emotional aspects of the film are lost when sh*t hits the fan.  And the aforementioned characters are enjoyable enough, but I wasn't that invested in them when they started getting in trouble.  That being said, the film has some interesting twists and surprises, as well as a lot of energy when it gets going.  And it also provides a nice excuse for a film to have some gore against some well hated antagonists.  

Stay Out of the Attic sees a diverse group of characters spend a creepy and high energy night with plenty of twists and goretastic practical effects.

Rent it.

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Stay Out of the Attic is available to stream on Shudder starting March 11, 2021. 

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