The Perfect House is a horror anthology about the previous occupants of a young couples’ seemingly perfect dream home. At its core The Perfect House reflects the deterioration of family values, social etiquette, and common decency in today’s society.
Our goal was to tell three very different stories that were all connected at their core by one common theme – Anonymity. All three stories take place in one house in an unidentified town, and all the characters were given generic names such as Mother, Father, Stranger. This was done intentionally to give both the characters and the location the feeling that they could be anyone or anywhere. The characters in our stories could be as unrelated as the unfortunate homicide on the evening news or as close to home as those neighbors next door you have never truly gotten to know. Each story ends with a single character escaping the brutality of this house as they disappear into a bright sunny day.
The clear blue skies are a dramatic contrast to the dark concealed events that have taken place in the home. The audience is compelled to feel relief for these survivors before it inevitably dawns on them: that these traumatized and damaged souls running free amongst society might not be the best outcome. We see and interact with a never-ending number of people in our daily lives, but how much do we truly know about them? Who they are? Where they’re going or more importantly where they’re coming from?[dailymotion]http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xenanp_the-perfect-house-trailer_shortfilms[/dailymotion]
The Perfect House has given us the opportunity to humbly emulate the filmmakers and horror stylings that terrified, fascinated, and influenced us. The first story is set in the 1960s/70s and uses the dull colors, shadows and the off screen implied violence of Hitchcock and other popular filmmakers of the time period’s horror genre. The second story is heavily influenced by the classic slasher flicks of our youth: Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Friday the 13th that portray an unstoppable maniacal killer with a sly sense of humor who enjoys terrorizing his victims. Our final story pays homage to today’s horror stylings of Eli Roth and the Saw franchise with its graphic violence and psychological storyline.
Directing and producing The Perfect House has been the experience of a lifetime for our crew, family, friends and ourselves. I hope you enjoy watching our film as much as we did making it.