'Stash House'

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.

Stash House

Production

An After Dark Films release of an After Dark and Signature Entertainment production. Produced by Moshe Diamant. Executive producers, Courtney Solomon, Dolph Lundgren, Steven A. Frankel, Bobby Ranghelov, Gregory Walker. Co-producers, Chris Milburn, Stephanie Caleb, Lucy Mukerjee. Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez. Screenplay, Gary Spinelli.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Matthew Irving; editors, Rodriguez, Don Adams; music, Luis Ascanio; production designer, Michelle Jones; art director, James Eubank; set decorator, John Richoux; costume designer, Jennifer Kamrath; Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, May 5, 2012. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Dolph Lundgren, Briana Evigan, Sean Faris, Jon Huertas, Richard Holden, Alyshia Ochse, Don Yesso.

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