JACKIE (Benz) is an alcoholic. After being released from rehab, she goes to find her friend, Danielle (Danielle Harris).
Her search leads her to a gothic apartment complex, where Eleanor (Flanagan) houses reformed addicts, giving them a new lease on life.
But there is one cardinal rule: never fall back on your old vices. Or else.
The movie is filled with tension and dread from the start, and it tries to hold this mood till the end, much to its own detriment.
After the first 15 minutes, the scares become routine, and that is where the flaws begin to show.
It does not help that Jackie makes bad decisions. When advised to take the option that anyone with an ounce of common sense would clearly choose, she does something else.
I don’t feel that Havenhurst, the apartment building run by Eleanor, is all that bad either. It offers former delinquents a comfortable home and a second chance that they would never get elsewhere.
Still the movie tries its best to portray Havenhurst as evil by planting intriguing mysteries that go nowhere.
The one cardinal rule does not seem that unfair either, although the consequences are a little extreme.
By the halfway mark, the audience is intimately familiar with Benz’s every facial expression as her face takes up most of the screen, while she breathily delivers her every line. For me, it is just lazy cinematography.
In the end, it feels like the movie cannot make up its mind on what it wants to be. It falls short of being a good mystery, the threat is not all that evil, and the violence sparse.
This is not to say that Havenhurst has no potential. It is there, hidden is within its ever-changing walls and hidden halls but, unfortunately, its delivery is only on par with a madefor-TV movie.