I can often find things to appreciate even in those awful cheesy horror movies, and I went into this one with very low expectations. The actors were fine. The story was okay-ish. The writing... and character direction??? OMG kill me.
A. My kid is my kid - I wanted to punch Heather when she was trying to make excuses to placate her wife. What the f--- ever. If you're with me, you're with my kid and you will not expect me to treat yours better than my own. That and the fact that the little one was a TERROR - just ended up hating the moms. Got better when they went away.
B. The focus on the 'omg, you're lesbians' moment was dumbly awkward. Like really, was this supposed to be set in the 50s?
C. Not quite sure where the writers grew up and their life experiences, but in general, most people I know that live in an 'alternative' lifestyle that appreciate acceptance and tolerance are not typically so intolerant and unaccepting of a person's choices, be it relationship or religion. As long as the person isn't oppressing them, do what you do for you. This was jarringly unrealistic.
D. Again, not sure the writer's experiences - but the religious daughter... I'm all for freedom of choice and not following blindly - but she was an odd mix of uber christian and not. Curls up with her bible when frightened, but then as soon as the bf is there its wine and making out that would have gone further? Just seemed inconsistent to me.
E. I also agree with another reviewer - the little girl just did not give off the creep vibe. She looked sleepy. Jodelle Ferland - while in danger of being typecast as the creepy little girl forever - had that role down pat.
Not a lot of scare, some jump moments I guess. Some effects were bad, sure. It felt like there was story missing actually... that would have better rounded out some of the emptiness. Or they'd pretty much had two stories and couldn't commit and tried to blend them together - other reviewers are right - its like they started off with the house/ghost thing and then the end was part of a different story.
One thing I DID appreciate... main girl's hair was jacked after all the drama and demon action. Most real moment in the movie. Toss it on in the background while you're doing something else, didn't feel like I wasted all that much time. Got some quests done and lunch eaten with it on. :)