A young family moves into a historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.
Chad Michael Murray,
Charts one family's encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now terror awaits when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the dead, returns to unleash horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. Written by
I watch horror films regularly, act in them locally (I'm everyone's favorite zombie to deal with on set--a "zombie leader", which is just funny), grew up in Pittsburgh (littered with both haunted houses and Romero), and both I and my hubby (same background, and also a "professional zombie") loved this film.
I should also mention I'm an art director. I used to get teased by my editor, "That's a film only an art director would love", which is often true. But if you get a single actual scream out of me (which this film did for what I call "breaking expectation of space"... no movie does this more than the original The Eye, Hong Kong, 10/10), you win in my book.
Characters are "archetypes" but not in a annoying way. The whole story is, but it's a lot of fun. I knocked it to a 9 for the already-mentioned alcoholic-outta-nowhere bit. What was up with that?! Had nothing to do with anything at all; it doesn't further the story.
I'm not going to over-analyze the "it's true" part at all nor compare it to Amityville: if you take the film for what it is, it's simply a highly-entertaining ghost-story joyride.
I defend this film on its own merits: good acting (not their fault if the script sucks and they did admirably with it), fantastic horror eye-candy, genuine scream, and a few more surprises.
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