“I know that bent-neck lady is pretty scary…but that’s all she is…just a little spill.”

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“Remember what we talked about before? About our dreams?”

“They can spill.”

“That’s right. Yeah. Just like a cup of water can spill sometimes. But kids dreams are special. They’re like…”

”An ocean.”

”An ocean. That’s right. And the big dreams can spill out sometimes….Now I know that bent-neck lady can be pretty scary. But that’s all she is. She’s just a little spill.”

”How long do we have to live here, Daddy?”

”Well, your mother and I, we have to finish fixing this house. And then, someone has to buy it.”

“Then we can go?”

“Yep. Then we can go.”


No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against the hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily. against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

—Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House, 1959

 

 

What’s on the Tube? “The Damned”—A 2013 IFC Midnight Film, Directed by Víctor García. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What would you do if, after seeking shelter from a flash flood, you found a young girl padlocked in a room in the basement of creepy old house in Colombia? … Let her out?

The Damned—an IFC Midnight film is streaming on Netflix. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s other name is a better name I think, since the house used to be a hotel called Gallows Hill, although, why a name like that would draw guests to stay overnight is beyond me.

It has a few subtitles here and there, for clarification’s sake, but the film is in English. I’m about a half of the way through and so far I really like it. I suppose it could go either way—but usually, if I like a movie by half-way in, it turns out to be a worthwhile watch for me. The film has a nice atmosphere. It won an award in 2015 and was nominated for another. Here are some links…

Awards:

At Premios Macondo (2015)-Festival Award Winner for Best Make Up Artist: Olga Turrini Bernardoni; and at Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival (2013)-Maria Nominee for Best Motion Picture.

Blurb:

The Damned, also known as Gallows Hill, is a 2013 American horror film directed by Víctor García. The film stars Peter Facinelli, Sophia Myles, Nathalia Ramos, and Carolina Guerra. The film features a family and group of friends stranded in a storm and looking to seek refuge in a house with an ancient evil presence. The film was produced by Peter Block, Andrea Chung, and David Higgins, and is a joint Colombian and American production. The film had its world premiere at the Sitges Film Festival on October 17, 2014 (nominated Best Picture) and was released on video on demand on July 25, 2014, before a limited release by IFC Midnight on August 29, 2014.

More Here (Spoilers!):

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Damned_(2013_film)

https://www.indiewire.com/2014/02/ifc-films-nets-thriller-gallows-hill-30226/

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What’s on the Tube? The Lodgers—A Haunting Irish Gothic Story You Won’t Soon Forget…☠️☠️☠️☠️

Girl child, boy child, listen well.
Be in bed by midnight’s bell.
N’er let a stranger through your door.
N’er leave each other all alone.

Good sister, good brother be
Follow well these cautions three.
Long as your blood be ours alone.
We’ll see you ever from below.

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—poem sung during the opening credits (Poster: IMDb)

What an awesome film. The Irish setting is just so cool. There’s mystery here. There’s fairy tale wonder…and fear. And moving through the woods softly alongside mist and shadow—is a heartache long forgotten, an insidious presence, something wet stirring in the lake…

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Loftus Hall—The setting for The Lodgers has a true history of mysterious hauntings. The hall is a large country house on the Hook peninsula, County Wexford, Ireland. Built on the site of the original Redmond Hall, Loftus is said by locals to be haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman. Learn more here: Loftus Hall (Wikipedia)


A family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel and Edwards to their home. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house and the grounds after dark.

Reviews…

Some reviews I read were just ridiculous. You know how I feel about silly, attention-grabbing critics who over assert their limited knowledge of what it means to be entertained by a genre film like The Lodgers. In all fairness I will gladly share reviews from both sides if I feel they are intelligent and seeking to promote the art rather than a mere point of view.

I liked these and agree wholeheartedly…

Jonathan Barken from Dread Central wrote:

“Delicately crafted, The Lodgers is a richly woven tapestry of classically inspired gothic horror. Smart, scary, and undeniably beautiful, it will no doubt be considered one of the pinnacles of its genre.”

Chris Alexander from ComingSoon.net wrote:

“There hasn’t been a more effective, disturbing and sensorially pleasing film of this kind since Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others and, like that masterpiece, O’Malley’s artful, lurid and meticulously orchestrated exercise in atmosphere, pretty misery, and dread seeps deep under your skin. And it stays there. For keeps.”

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And Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “[The Lodgers is ] finely attuned, atmospheric filmmaking more likely to catch the attention of art house aficionados than… horror fans.”

I would add to Lowe’s words “art house aficionados” above “and lovers of the gothic, ghost stories, atmospheric dread, and ‘slow-building horror’”—none of which are negative in nature, but rather a bit more positive than being typed a mere “horror fan”—which implies we horror fans don’t care for the above and are rather only lovers of babysitter slasher flicks, the grotesque, boorish decapitations, and other body horrors (all of which we like as well, but still…).

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More info on cast, plot, etc….

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lodgers_(film)

Images, unless otherwise noted, are from Pinterest.

 

What’s on the Tube? The Sufferring—A 2016 Southern-Gothic Creeper That Really Delivers!—Streaming Now on Hulu! ☠️☠️☠️☠️

Sinister, slow-burn, creeping Gothic, no cheap shots or jump scares.

Those are words I like to see in a film review. So I gave it a shot,

Damn scary. And well worth your time.

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Trailer & A Review

The Suffering : A a Review from Dread Central

Starring: Nick Apostolides, Phil Amico, & Elizabeth Deo

Director: Robert Hamilton

‘While looking like I was in for just another haunted house film notch in my belt, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that director Robert Hamilton’s The Suffering was anything but. So what exactly was it, you ask? Well, step inside these creaky old doors, and let’s have ourselves a chat, shall we?

At the film’s onset you get the feeling that our main character, Henry (Apostolides), is in way over his head with his job as a real estate appraiser, and his latest gig at the request of the property’s owner, Mr. Remiel (Amico). From a creepy conversation with the appointed driver, to an even eerier dialogue with the ghastly maid, better judgement would tell the normal soul to get the hell outta Dodge, but with the amount Mr. Remiel is planning to pay Henry, monetary conscience usually wins out. The Southern gentleman fancies his piano playing, nightly cocktails by the fire, and an occasional labored walk through the grounds that he is handsomely forking over the big bucks for Henry to assess.

As if the previous two encounters wouldn’t have been enough to scare Henry off, one day while he’s glossing over the property, the sight of a seriously decomposed body in the attic seals the deal – he’s catching the next ride out of this joint! Mr. Remile politely reminds him of his financial obligation to his wife and unborn child… and let’s not forget the little honey on the side that he’s now trying to shake (shame on you, Henry).

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