Dark House (2009)

Trying to exorcise her worst memories, Claire returns to the foster home where she witnessed a terrible massacre years ago. But she and her friends soon find they've been locked inside with an evil spirit who wants to perpetrate another mass murder.

Had this one in my Netflix Queue for awhile before I finally watched it last night. I expected crap from this flick but instead got a mixed bag. While the acting and production values were pretty decent, other then a few CGI scenes I didn’t care for, the overall plot was interesting... Continue reading

Sinister (2012)

After moving to a new town, a true-crime writer discovers a cache of videotapes depicting brutal murders that took place in the very house (among others) he just bought. As he tries to solve the mystery behind the crimes, a sinister force threatens his own family.

Going into this movie I had two expectations. One, that the movie would end up being about a demon. And two, that I wasn’t going to like it because it was going to be about a demon. I was partially right. I actually enjoyed the movie a lot…until about the last 15 minutes... Continue reading

The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)

St. Francisville, La., is famous for its abundance of haunted places, and at the end of a long, dark road lies one of the most terrifying spots of all -- the St. Francisville Plantation. Armed with cameras and paranormal investigation tools, a group of brave souls -- including a ghost historian, a psychic and a history student -- shuns logic to spend one night in the notorious house, which is said to be plagued by restless spirits.

The movie starts off with the producer introducing the “concept” of what they will be doing in the documentary, oh I mean movie. Locking a bunch of people in a... Continue reading

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

In a prequel to the events of the first two films, we find out that the demon terrorized Katie and Kristi not only as adults but as children too. Their "step-father" kept a video recording of all the events that took place in their "haunted" house, and it is presented here as a full length movie.

I haven’t been much of a fan of this series. For the most part there is not a lot of action/scare scenes but there is a lot of filler. And usually the action that these movies do have isn’t anything “big” or all that scary... Continue reading

Grave’s End – A True Ghost Story by Elaine Mercado (Book Review)

When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982, they had no idea that they and their young daughters were embarking on a thirteen year nightmare. From weird sounds and smells to creepy laughter, balls of light and suffocating dreams, this book is the true story of how one family tried to cope with living in a haunted house.

When it comes to movies, I don’t tend to read reviews before I go into it, unless the movie looks like it could be something stupid. When it comes to books I try to seek out... Continue reading

100 Feet (2008)

After killing her abusive cop husband, Mike, Marnie returns to New York to serve the remainder of her manslaughter sentence under house arrest. But Mike's vengeful ghost isn't done taunting her in this gripping supernatural thriller. Meanwhile, Mike's ex-partner keeps close tabs on Marnie, who must wear an ankle bracelet that doesn't allow her to escape -- let alone move past a 100-foot radius.

I had come across this a time or two on Netflix but based on the limited description of it, I didn’t bother with it. Then I came across a review on another horror review blog... Continue reading

A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson (Book Review)

Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave! This book inspired the acclaimed 1999 film starring Kevin Bacon.

I’m a sucker for reading books that were eventually made into movies. I like to read them before I see the movie if and when possible. Most of the time I don’t realize there is a book before watching the movie though. That was the case with this book... Continue reading

Insidious (2011)

[rating:1.5/5] After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning. James Wan (Saw) directs. Continue reading

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters Series book #1) By Heather Graham (Book Review)

[rating:2/5] In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house — once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work. A secret government unit is sent to investigate the haunted house. Continue reading

Haunted Houses by Edrick Thay (Book Review)

[rating:2.5/5] With their blend of captivating history and ethereal residents, haunted houses have long been considered the most exciting haunted places. In this long-awaited collection, Edrick Thay explores the spirits in the most haunted properties, from poltergeists that have inspired major Hollywood movies to grumpy spirits awakened by renovations to historic homes. Continue reading

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