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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