A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: itís cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, leaving only on survivor. The moody 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor/girlfriend inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the many skeletons in the many closets.
||March 7th, 2014 (Limited) by IFC Midnight|
||June 10th, 2014 by Mpi Home Video|
||R for some horror violence, disturbing images and brief drug use.|
(Rating bulletin 2297, 11/6/2013)
||Hauntings, Haunted House, Prologue, Voiceover/Narration, Dysfunctional Family, Child Abuse, Non-Chronological, Infidelity, Revenge, Surprise Twist, Possessed, Intertitle, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Romance, Video-on-Demand Premiere, Curses, First Love|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
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