Movie Review: The Inhabitants
Writers/Directors: Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Stars: Elise Couture, Michael Reed, India Pearl
The Rasmussen brothers are in no hurry to tell the story in The Inhabitants. They understand a key thing that is overlooked when films miss the mark, you have to get to know the characters to care about them. The Rasmussen's take their time in building this couple up, so when the time comes for the fall it means something.
The Inhabitants follows Jessica (Elise Couture) and Dan (Michael Reed) as they purchase a historic Bed n Breakfast in New England, at first everything seems alright but Jessica discovers the house was witness to some incidents that happened and that the house was once owned by a very mysterious character - which for spoiler reasons I won't say.
The film builds slowly adding pieces and stacking up the blocks of atmosphere, I have to say that during the first thirty minutes or so I was thinking that the film wasn't really going anywhere but then it kicks into gear and has a genuine feeling of dread that holds through to the finish.
The Rasmussen brothers haven't reinvented the wheel here, in fact a lot of what goes on screen you would have seen time and time again, as with many Supernatural films there doesn't seem to be many ideas left. However every scene is meticulously shot and you can see that they truly cared about the film and it goes along way. When other larger budgeted films seem to just run off the jump scares just because its easier, The Inhabitants relies more on the atmosphere than just jump scares (there are some but they are few and far between).The acting is pretty good all round as well. Couture makes the most of her role as the target of whatever is in the house whilst Reed does a good job as the husband trying to make sense of everything.
The Inhabitants is a thoughtful and well played out film, that shows that modern horror films don't have to be flashy and try to scare you every second. The Inhabitants gives it's story a chance to develop and the end result is a well rounded horror film that has more than a few scenes and ideas to give you nightmares.