A Passion For Horror
House of Voices (2004)
(a.k.a St Ange)
Written and Directed by Pascal Laugier
House of Voices is
set in the French Alps in 1958. The opening scene shows a rather basic
looking children's dormitory in the St Ange orphanage. It is night
and a storm is raging. One of the young boys wakes up. He has
been sleeping under the covers and has his torch under there with him,
so he switches it on and heads for the toilet. On his way to what is
one of the most depressing looking toilet facilities imaginable the boy
walks past the girl's dormitory where a young girl calls to him: "Alex!
. . . . I need to go . . . . Can I come with you?" The two children
arrive at the toilets safely, but Alex has a problem with some of the
taps and his companion blames "the scary children", who apparently like
to play with the plumbing. Within a matter of minutes Alex has met with
an unfortunate and fatal accident. The scene ends with the young girl's
scream competing against the noise of the ongoing storm outside.
I can't say that I was overly impressed with House of Voices. I
found the movie a little slow moving and also found it difficult to
keep track of the storyline. The setting works okay—the St Ange
orphanage is quite a spooky-looking place. The main problem with the
movie is the script. It isn't that good. The actors try their best to
make it work, but there is only so much anyone can do and no matter how
much flogging a dead horse receives, it will remain just as dead. House of Voices was
a great disappointment to me, from beginning to end, and the
way the movie ends is just plain stupid.
Virginie Ledoyen ...
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes