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The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes Takes Itself Too Seriously

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If there’s anything worse than a poorly-made horror movie, it’s one that tries to portray itself as being thought-provoking or deep. Much of The Dark Pictures Anthology can fit neatly into these two boxes, but House of Ashes truly takes the cake. What little appeal House of Ashes had? It bogs it down by a ham-fisted attempt at political commentary on the Iraq War, followed by a genre-breaking plot twist that felt entirely unearned.

House of Ashes starts off as an exploration horror set against the backdrop of the 2003 Iraq War. All playable characters are in the U.S. military, save for a lone member of the Iraqi Republican Guard. After an earthquake drops the soldiers into a previously-hidden ancient Sumerian temple, both sides find…



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