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House of Bones

house-of-bones-dvdAnother haunted house movie that I’ve been noticing on the shelf of the local DVD rental store near my house. House of Bones stars two actors well-known in the geek world, namely Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Corin Nemec from Stargate. I like them both, so based on their names, I rented the DVD. It turns out that House of Bones was a SyFy movie and those tend to “hit or miss”. And this one misses.

The movie started out well enough as a team of reality TV paranormal investigators found a house to possibly feature in their next episode. Predictably, the crew was not truly experienced in the paranormal because everything they’ve aired had been faked. Hence, encountering a real haunted house was a new experience to them and they did not really know how to act and, much more, how to survive from one.

While the storyline began interestingly enough, I thought it fell apart at the end as each member of the reality TV crew fell one by one from the assault of the mysterious haunted house. Some of the scenes were ridiculous with Corin Nemec’s death topping the list as he slowly got tangled up in the trees outside.

The movie is overall a disappointment and very deserving of the low rating it’s receiving in IMDB.

Rating: ★★☆☆ 

May 18, 2011   No Comments

The Haunting of Marsten Manor

haunting-of-marsten-manor-dvdThe Haunting of Marsten Manor is a haunted house chiller with an uplifting Hallmark-movie vibe. It’s not a ghoulish tale of the supernatural as the DVD cover may insinuate, but it has enough spine tingling moments to keep you interested till the end. I suppose that if this was book, these spine tingling moments will be the page turners so that you keep on going and going until you finish reading the story.

Acting is not eye opening with the exception of C. Thomas Howell who lit up the few scenes he was in. Kinda goes to show you how underrated he is nowadays, despite his superb 80s movie credentials (Red Dawn, The Outsiders, The Hitcher).

This movie has a made-for-TV feel about it. I just can’t verify from IMDB whether or not it was shown originally as such or simply straight to DVD. The production hits the right notes. The story didn’t call for special effects of big production movies so none were included.

Overall, the movie is well made and I’m glad I had the chance to see it though I was expecting something entirely different. Of course, I’m only going to see this movie once.

Rating: ★★★☆ 

May 15, 2011   No Comments