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April Showers Part 1 Haunted Houses

One of the best parts of April is plenty of rainy days! Here are a few haunted house films I passed the time with this month.

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The Witch In The Window (2018) 

Synopsis - When Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make - she's getting stronger.

My thoughts - A really well done film. The settings were beautiful and natural. The haunting was clean, simple and effect. No over the top effects and the overall storyline was refreshing. This is perfect “starter” haunting film for those who don’t handle horror well or younger kids. My children are dipping their toes into scary movies now, but at 8 years old it’s hard to find something that’s low key and most importantly not loaded with sex and nudity. Highly recommend this one.  

Our House (2018) 

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Synopsis - A young genius accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family's house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones, and unleashing things far worse.

My Thoughts - Really enjoyable! A bit of a twist on the classics haunted house. Usually it’s a long back story to the house but here the haunting is brought on by the quest for greater technology which is really fresh and relevant. The story line regarding the spirits intentions was a little lax but over all it was great. Good atmosphere and steady storyline, wasn’t filled with fluff. A bit of a slow burn but for hauntings you do really need the strong base line and the build up is almost more importanted then the climax of the movie.  

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Malevolent (2018)  

Synopsis - A team of scam artists get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted county estate gets out of hand.

My Thoughts -  Started as a decent haunting story. Family drama, conflicts, visions, great atmosphere, and then the second half of the film begins. The genre switches gears from haunting to crazies. The plot is completely switched up and not at all in a good way. Feels like two separate stories that got stitched together and it just doesn’t work. 

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Die Pasenz (2014) 

Synopsis -  Markus spends some time with his girlfriend Rebecca and friend Lukas in Hohnau castle which is uninhabited and supposed to be haunted. For two of them it's the last days of their lives.

My Thoughts -  This started well. Classic found footage style. German with subtitles. Great dark, chilly, and a proper old castle. What killed this for me was an over load of jump scares and not much else. Lots of noise and moving items but lacked in actually haunt footage. 

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Bleed (2016) 

Synopsis - Terror awaits a man, his pregnant wife and their four friends as they search for ghosts inside a burned prison.

My Thoughts - Again I was more disappointed by the lack of haunting.. This turned out to be much more of a Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn type storyline. The haunting was only a small point in the story. Very similar to malevolent but at least that film had a proper haunting. This one jumped out of the building itself. Far to much going on and the story was a bit to much for a large array of horror themes and known of them with enough development. 

Thats my wrap up for Haunted House movies from this past month. Sadly it was mostly lack lustre picks. I suppose better luck next time!  

 

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