The straight to video film Open House is an example of a good idea poorly executed. Directed by first-timer Andrew Paquin (Anna's brother, hence the cameo's by her and Stephen Moyer), the film suffers from a lack of character development, poor pacing, and a misleading marketing campaign that is sure to piss some people off.
Despite their prominence on the poster, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer hardly appear in this film. The cleaning people have more screen time. Rachel Blanchard (the lead, who is not even on the poster) plays Alice, a woman getting divorced and trying to sell her gigantic house in L.A. One day, while the Realtor is conducting an open house, someone sneaks into the basement and hides. When Alice arrives home that evening, she discovers that she is no longer alone.
David, a handsome young psychopath from the Norman Bates school, has taken up residence. He kidnaps Alice and hides her in a crawlspace in the basement. We soon learn that David has a partner, the beautiful and deadly Lila, played by Tricia Helfer. Lila is even more bloodthirsty than David, and she gets her kicks by seducing and then killing visitors to the house. David videotapes the action and then disposes of the bodies. Lila knows nothing about Alice. She is David's secret. Knowing this, Alice tries to convince him to let her go, or better yet, get rid of Lila so that they can run away together.
There are good things about this film. It looks and sounds great. Brian Geraghty, who plays David, is a creepy revelation. He is so good I would be happy to see another film about his character alone. The whole thing was interesting enough to make me want to see Andrew Paquin's next film. I hope he sticks with horror.