The opening scene was a lot of fun in a sick way. The camera moves up on a guy at the bathtub and I’m thinking it’s his girlfriend and they’ll hop into the tub, nope, a hand pushes him and holds his head underwater. Then the rest of the family is taken out and so forth. The sheriff comes home and talks to his murdered wife, I figure he’d assume he’s getting the typical silent treatment and go get himself a drink. Instead he notices she’s dead and while possessed he douses the house with gasoline. Note to self if I’m going to torch my house make sure to have reliable matches.
Good work by the writer H. Perry Horton for jumping right into the action. Too many times movies like this have a long setup about the family and too much history. I don’t think ghosts are going to sit around and wait for a history lesson. No, they’re going to go right after the new tenants. While things disappear and there’s creepy disturbances unfortunately for Wayne (Bill Oberst Jr.) a past incident has the family thinking Wayne is the problem. The ghosts are probably cracking up and joking, “Hey Elvis watch this, I’ll put a knife in the daughter’s hand and crank on Slayer and the wife will nag Wayne about it”.
I’ll never understand why people stay in those homes. Call me a wuss but even if the house is free like it was to Wayne’s family I wouldn’t last there. Me, “I love our new free house”, “you will die” said the ghost, “Son, put the F’ing boxes back in the moving truck WE’RE OTTA HERE” casually screamed me.
Wayne has no clue how lucky of a guy he is. His wife Carrie (Courtney Abbiati) massages his shoulders in the morning and tells him that he was tossing and turning all night. WTF? In 95% of marriages she’d be nagging him for keeping her awake all night and husbands would be the same way, except we’d end by saying we need a drink and if we’re kept up all night it’s off to the casino.
The bottom line is I’m never going to Salem! If the residents don’t stop families from moving in that house then they’re not neighbors I’d want. “A Haunting in Salem” is a great horror film and you will at times use your imagination to scare yourself.
A few of my highlights:
- Way to go Alli (Jenna Stone), you’re mother makes the family a nice breakfast and talks about how important that meal is and you yack on it.
- I’m not sure, but I think there was a near Wilhelm Scream when Wayne was thrown across the room.
- There was plenty of foreshadowing, but two subtle ones that I enjoyed was when Kyle (Nicholas Harsin) notices his bat is missing from his suitcase, it’s found later. The kids hear the parents talking in their bedroom and Carrie tells them it’s an old house and the walls are paper thin. Later we find out they are so thin that a Ginsu knife slices right through them, but wait that’s not all, it also cuts through fences, doors, throats and cats…okay maybe cats is pushing it…nah.