After the massive departure with the Horror Show (including abandoning the “House III”) Sean S. Cunningham worked with a new team to bring out House 4.
This film is an attempt to return to something closer to the first two films. This film features the “return” of Roger Cobb, again played by William Katt. Cobb and his wife are being pressured by his step-brother to sell their old house.
Roger is killed an accident that also leaves his daughter wheelchair bound. Roger’s wife Kelly wants to keep the house, but also senses a presence and sees visions. Roger’s Step Brother is in league with a sleazy business man who is looking for a place to unload his toxic waste and they want the land on which the house sits.
The odd thing with this film is that it really does not connect to the original film at all. In that film he was divorced and had a son. This film has a wife and daughter and it appears they have been happily married for over a decade. There is really nothing that indicates there is any connections between the Roger Cobb of the first House and this film.
This one has an uneven feel. There are a few instances where they aim for humor, but it still stays closer to a serious tone for most of the film. And it moves at a slow pace. Having William Katt return as Cobb is just kind of confusing.
Overall, this film has a very early Fox TV movie feel (lie, the early days of Fox when they were trying anything to make it work…like the Omen IV). This never matches up to the heights of fun absurdity of the first two films, nor the gory seriousness of the third film, and it is just a bit lackluster.