While there are a few scary moments, and the young actor who plays the “disfigured baby” grown up is, in fact, truly terrifying, there are just too many problems to recommend the picture, including–
* thematic confusion – is this a comedy? Because if it is, casting such a frightening actor as the demon is a mistake. Why is the screenwriter wearing sunglasses inside in the middle of winter? Why is the neighbor wearing a Virginia Tech hoodie? And why does he smile so much and then screech intermittently?
* mumble mouth dialogue from the young actor playing the neighbor (he tells us the story of the house but we can’t understand him) and over-acting (“Who could that be?”) from the protagonist, who distrusts the script and opts for a play-by-play narrative.
* sloppy editing – why use tracking shots if your actors are going to be looking back as if being chased by the camera?
* poor scene locations – the haunted house is dank and scary, but it seems that a young screenplay writer who just moved into it would not have a Batman pillow case and a life size figurine of Batman.
* Will Larroca’s insistence on playing the lead was too much of a distraction. He seems to be giving non-verbal direction to the camerman.
Again, this is a shame, because the actor playing “The Monster” is bone-chillingly good.
Word on the street is that the writer/director/star is in pre-production for another horror film, and he has some money behind it. It may be make or break.
UPDATE: My review has been reviewed, and rather unkindly