Despite a decent premise -- a couple unknowingly buys a foreclosed home full of heroin that prior criminal owners want back -- the pic's pedestrian execution and uninvolving characters make it a passable time-filler at best.
Many interesting suspensers have hinged upon homes under siege, from “Straw Dogs” to “Panic Room” and “The Strangers,” but “Stash House” is not among them. Despite a decent premise — a couple unknowingly buys a foreclosed home full of heroin that prior criminal owners want back — the pic’s pedestrian execution and uninvolving characters make it a passable time-filler at best. Nonetheless, marketable content and Dolph Lundgren’s name should yield profitable home-format sales after limited theatrical exposure in After Dark’s inaugural action mini-fest.
David (Sean Faris) surprises wife Amy (Briana Evigan) with their very own house, complete with pool and unusually extensive alarm/surveillance system. But before these boring yuppies can christen the abode with some vertical sex, they discover the flimsy walls hide a whole lot of illicit substances, then make the mistake of informing neighborhood security guard Ray (Jon Huertas), who (surprise!) isn’t a security guard. Soon Ray and confederate Andy (Lundgren, dully used) are using deadly force to get in, while the protags are hoping to get out alive. A couple of late twists in Gary Spinelli’s screenplay add little, and Eduardo Rodriguez’s direction is uninspired. Assembly is OK.