A Haunting in Salem, based on true events was made available online (DVD Region 1, Blu-Ray and 3-D TV ) on October 4th 2011. Unfortunately, I can’t review it as I’m in the UK, but hopefully it will be available over here soon. If you’ve watched it, please let me know what you thought of it.
Plot Synopsis: When the new Sheriff of Salem, Massachusetts discovers that he is the victim of a centuries old curse, he must protect his family from the vengeful ghosts that torment his home.
As you probably already know, I’m such a HUGE fan of classic horror and it’s not often that we get new films to rave about these days. Most film makers love to cater for fans who love blood, gore and torture and add lots of CGI effects and terror for added effect, but they forget that there are people out there who can’t watch it. I love to be scared by the unknown and the ‘what if’ element. I want to watch a film where the director or producer concentrates on creating the perfect scene that is full of atmosphere and together with clever lighting and brilliant acting, the audience are left in a state of dreaded anticipation.
When was the last time you watched a scary movie and you were actually worried about turning the light off when settling down for sleep?
The unknown is terrifying to some of us. Haunted houses, ghosts, demons, vampires and poltergeists, do the thought of these existing scare you?
Don’t tell me that if a doll suddenly opened it’s eyes and stared at you blankly that you wouldn’t shit yourself!
I could list a lot of films from the late 70’s early 80’s like The Exorcist, Amityville Horror or The Entity for example that scared me when I was younger and I want to be scared again. Will A Haunting in Salem scare me?
This film stars my friend Bill Oberst Jr as the Sheriff of Salem who is the victim of evil forces. Bill told me….
The plot synopsis on the DVD cover is pretty accurate: it is a classic haunted-house movie with a nod to AMITYVILLE HORROR and a little of America’s grisly history of persecuting "witches" mixed in. The location was an old house in Pasadena and it was indeed creepy to film there…the rooms had wood panelling and high ceilings with massive old furniture and even a slightly creaky staircase. It was deliciously creepy and people who make horror films like that vibe anyway, so we all had a lot of fun. One scene filmed outdoors at night where I find a victim gave me the creeps for real. Sometimes scenes filmed at night seem real and you forget there is a camera. Walking barefoot around an old garden with a flashlight and whispering at midnight…it felt pretty darned real! Here is The Asylum’s page on the film: http://www.theasylum.cc/product.php?id=190
I’m intrigued to know what you thought of the film if you’ve watched it, so please get in touch.