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A Haunting in Cawdor (2015)

While serving her prison sentence, a woman discovers a horrifying VHS tape with footage from a crime committed years prior.


Phil Wurtzel


Phil Wurtzel




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelby Young ... Vivian Miller
Alexandria DeBerry ... Jeanette Welles (as Alexandria Deberry)
Michael Welch ... Roddy
Cary Elwes ... Lawrence O'Neil
Nancy Lynette Parker ... Agnes (Witch #1)
Lauren Rys Martin ... Silas (Witch #2)
Jordan Burgess ... Marie (Witch #3)
Charlie King Charlie King ... Charles Kosack
Scott T. Whitesell ... Frank Seals
Bethany Edlund Bethany Edlund ... Tina
Julie Grisham Julie Grisham ... Mackenzie
Samantha Rickard Samantha Rickard ... Lisa
Anna Bradley Anna Bradley ... Terri Welles
Philip David Black Philip David Black ... Brian
Patrick Hunter Patrick Hunter ... Lance


Vivian Miller is serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her final 90 day sentence takes her to the Cawdor Barn Theatre, a dilapidated old structure run by Lawrence O'Neil, a troubled man raging at the mistakes of his past. After Vivian views an old VHS tape of what looks like a murder being recorded, she sets out to unravel this horrific crime before she becomes the next victim of the supernatural forces inhabiting the haunted structure. Written by Uncork'd Entertainment

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Recent parolee tortured by the curse of Macbeth. See more »


Horror | Thriller

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Did You Know?


Phil Wurtzel wrote the script for A HAUNTING IN CAWDOR while in production on the documentary on the actual Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan where the movie was filmed. The documentary follows the reopening of The Barn Theatre which is the oldest summer stock theatre in the United States. See more »


Charles Kosack: I can't make you do anything you don't want to... but I can make you wish you had!
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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Unfathomably slow and uneventful haunting in Cawdor...
12 October 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Oh my, how this movie was an absolute snoozefest. Running at one hour and forty minutes, without anything, and I mean that literally, anything happening, it was just a losing uphill battle to get through to the end of "A Haunting in Cawdor".

However, I persevered and stuck with it to the end, clinging to the dwindling hope that the movie would get better towards the end. Alas, it did not! For a horror / thriller movie, then the only thing scary about "A Haunting in Cawdor" was the lack of anything worthwhile and the lack of anything to scare the audience. The story was slow-paced and it just felt like torture since nothing interesting happened at any time throughout the course of the movie.

The story, or what is supposed to resemble a story, is about a group of delinquents whom are sent to a remote location to participate in a theater group in order to reduce their sentences. But something is afoul in Cawdor.

Right, well there was potential for something just remotely adequate in a storyline here, but it was all butchered at the hands of the script writers, and not particularly salvaged in the hands of director Phil Wurtzel.

The only thing that worked in favor of the movie was the casting of Cary Elwes, Shelby Young and guy playing the helping hand / supervisor, but I don't know his name. These three people actually put on worthwhile acting performances and did what they could in terms to salvage the movie. Although there was very little even they could do.

For a horror movie released in 2015 then "A Haunting in Cawdor" was just a very, very disappointing and non-entertaining addition to the horror / thriller genre. Unless you are a fan of someone on the casting list, then do yourself a favor and stay well clear of "A Haunting in Cawdor", because it is just not worth it.

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Release Date:

11 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cawdor See more »

Filming Locations:

Battle Creek, Michigan, USA See more »

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Friel Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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