The Seasoning House (2013) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Seasoning House (2013)

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  • Release Date:  2013
  • Genre:  Extreme
  • Director:  Paul Hyett
  • Screenwriter:  Adrian Rigelsford, Conal Palmer, Helen Solomon, Paul Hyett
  • Cast & Crew: Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth, Anna Walton, Jemma Powell, David Lemberg, Amanda Wass, Sean Cronin, Tomi May, Emma Britton, Katy Allen, Thomas Worthington, Gina Abolins, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Fabiano De Souza Ramos

The Seasoning House (2013) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5 / 10;

The Seasoning House (2013)Synopsis:

The revenge story of a young girl taken captive by the military during the war and forced to work in a prostitution house.

The Seasoning House (2013) Review:

The Seasoning House is more of a horrific and gory drama than your usual horror movie. The film is set in a prostitute house in war-ravaged Balkans, so needless to say that the atmosphere is extremely sinister.

This 90 minutes film is filled with atrocity. Seeing all the girls constantly drugged and raped is a tough experience. They are always shown dirty, wounded and crying; you even get to see some of them dying. All these horrible visions, associated with the fact that the film is set almost exclusively in a house from where the girls cannot escape, participate in creating this claustrophobic and nightmarish experience.

The character of the main girl, a mute little girl, is interesting. Her relationship with the brothel’s boss, half way between lovers and parental feeling, is quite disturbing but really well used in the film.

All of this could have turned The Seasoning House into a great drama, but the problem comes from the story: a simple revenge tale with no, or very little, surprises. With no strong storyline to support and/or justify all the atrocities puts on screen, the film turns into torture porn…which simply doesn’t do it for me.

The film doesn’t get any better as the story unfolds. To the dizzy first half of the movie succeeds a series of even more gruesome murders as the main girls escape and takes her revenge. This part gets a little better at this point, but still doesn’t compensate for the thin plot.

The Seasoning House is a film that does leave its mark, but that could definitely do with a better story. Recommended only to those who are looking for disturbing and/or extreme cinema

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