There is nothing I love more than a good feminist-centric horror film. Throw in a grindhouse vibe and you’ve got The Ladies of the House. Written and directed by John Stuart Wildman and Justina Walford, this film had it all with blood and guts and ass-kicking chicks.
Brothers Jacob (Gabriel Horn) and Kai (Rj Hanson) go out and celebrate Kai’s birthday with their friend, Derek (Samrat Chakrabarti) at a local strip joint. After following dancer Ginger (Michelle Sinclair/porn star Belladonna) back home, they convince her to party with them for the night. And as you can imagine, things don’t go well when an accident happens. Soon after, the men find themselves fighting for their lives while trapped in a house with women set out for revenge…and an appetite.
Ladies is one of those movies that has you rooting for the “bad” gals and hoping the people trying to escape get what’s coming to them. Believe me Ladies of the House doesn’t let you down one bit. There isn’t a single damn redeeming quality about the three men so it makes their fates easier to handle. The cast themselves were great, and the film portrayed a lesbian relationship between Lin (Farah White) and Getty (Melodie Sisk) in a way that most don’t in horror films. It wasn’t a novelty or based entirely on sex, they were a force to be reckoned with but the tender moments between them in scenes were actually touching.
The filmmakers don’t try to play any games with the audience, they lay the story out for you and you know exactly where it’s going to go. But that’s not a negative, because it was written very well and kept the viewing engaging. From the great soundtrack (by Yasuhiko Fukuoka) to the mid-century modern attire, Ladies used what looked like a smaller budget and a single-location setting and made a damn good film.
For the people who say they don’t make good horror films anymore, go see The Ladies of the House!
The Ladies of the House is Written and directed by John Stuart Wildman and Justina Walford. It stars Michelle Sinclair, Farah White, Melodie Sisk, Rj Hanson, Samrat Chakrabarti, Brina Palencia and Frank Mosley. THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE is available to watch now here!