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A Haunting in Salem (2011)

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In this spine-chilling indie horror flick, a sheriff relocates to Salem, Mass., with his family -- only to discover that the house they've moved into is plagued by an ancient curse and haunted by malicious spirits.

Director:

Shane Van Dyke

Writer:

H. Perry Horton (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Wayne Downs
Courtney Abbiati Courtney Abbiati ... Carrie Downs
Jenna Stone ... Alli Downs
Nicholas Harsin ... Kyle Downs
Carey Van Dyke ... Mike Goodwin
Gerald Webb ... Mayor Avery Colllins
Jason Paul Field Jason Paul Field ... Sheriff Underhill
Courtney DeCosky Courtney DeCosky ... Mrs. Underhill
Sam Kinsey ... Underhill's Son
Sonny King ... McSwain (as Alfred H. Sonny King)
Shaula Chambliss Shaula Chambliss ... Ms. Winston
Josh Roman ... Kevin
Catherine Lidstone ... Sara Good
Lauren Kelley Lauren Kelley ... Rebecca Nurse
Shoshana Chagall ... Witch #2 (as Shoshanna Chagall)
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The new town sheriff moves into a large creepy old house with his family. It seems that in the town of Salem there's a special house for the sheriff to live in gratis. Unfortunately it's haunted by witches that have a strong craving for sheriff's blood. Written by Anonymous

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(at around 19 minutes) after Mike leaves the Sheriff and his wife to talk on the porch, reflected in the transom overhead on the left side of the screen, the top of the boom mic's blimp appears briefly. See more »

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De Profundis
Written and performed by Chris Ridenhour and Tina Guo
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run-of-the-mill haunted house movie
11 March 2012 | by tdeladeriereSee all my reviews

A couple and their two kids move into a beautiful house with a dark past. The beautiful, Victorian mansion witnessed a murder 50 years ago and this family will soon realize that they may be next on the cursed list.

You saw this movie ten times before, most notably a few years ago or 30 years ago if you're older, with "Amityville". The story and template remain the same in most B-movie spawns of the (already passable) original and "A Haunting in Salem" is no exception. The couple have silent unresolved issues, the eldest daughter hates the house, the realtors obviously know something and with each new manifestation, the family deteriorates.

Along with the by-the-books script, the casting here is the main problem. The mismatched couple never look like they've shared more than a few months together, even though they have two kids. The wife is much too good-looking for her husband and there's not one spontaneous sign of love throughout. Also, there's no interaction between the kids, so you're left with 4 characters that just don't gel.

On the plus side, the show moves rather briskly, with barely a dead moment once the characters are established, and the cinematography looks professional. As previously mentioned by another reviewer, this would make a nice TV movie-of-the-week. In other words, it's slick but sorely lacks ambition.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blestemul din Salem See more »

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Production Co:

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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