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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

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 ... Sheriff Underhill
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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Storyline

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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Horror

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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:

The Asylum See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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One very dull haunting
8 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

In regard to Shane Van Dyke's other Asylum projects, A Haunting in Salem is not as wretched as Titanic II(his best is 6 Guns, which still was mediocre at best). A Haunting in Salem is still very poor however, and shows that generally Van Dyke is far from a good director. His direction has a very slapping things together sort of quality and with no subtlety or skill, in short amateurish. But there are other things outside of Van Dyke's directing that makes A Haunting in Salem as bad as it is. It does look as though it was made in a rush, with slapdash special effects and make-up that is even less convincing than badly done children's face paintings. The dialogue doesn't have sense of life, flow or sense, and the actors certainly seemed to think so because apart from Jenna Stone(the only halfway decent thing about the entire movie) they give incredibly half-hearted performances. Bill Oberst Jnr doesn't deserve the unfair personal comments he's gotten but as an actor here he shows little charisma or passion. The story was especially bad here, that it's slow-moving wouldn't have been a problem if the scares were interesting and the storytelling compelling enough. But because the scares are so predictable and the story so lacking in tension, horror, suspense, thrills or fun the pacing just felt interminably dull, so it was difficult to maintain interest. All in all, a real bore and a poorly done movie all round excepting Stone. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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