Don't Go in the House
One of the more interesting (and twisted) movies to come out of the slasher film glut of the early Eighties, Don't Go In The House has been given a more polished than expected DVD release in this edition from Media Blasters' horror division Shriek Show. Don't Go In The House has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The original source material look just a bit soft, but the print is clean and the transfer picks up the details well enough, capturing the movie's muted color balance quite well. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the quality is as good as the original materials permit. The dialogue is in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. Bonus materials include an on-camera interview with leading man Dan Grimaldi, who talks about his experiences making this, his first film; Grimaldi also contributes an optional commentary track in which he talks about the making of the picture, his feelings about his character, and occasional similarities to other classic thrillers. Also included on this disc are trailers for Don't Go In The House and four other Media Blasters releases, a frankly uneventful TV spot for the feature, and two scenes shown in unmatted form, which reveal details not seen in the letterboxed print. Don't Go In The House is hardly a masterpiece, but it's more imaginative than most low-budget horror films of its period, and this DVD release is a fine way to evaluate its qualities.