Well, parts of it are rather creepy.
A Haunting in Salem (2011)
Directed By: Shane Van Dyke (Paranormal Entity)
Where to get it: The Asylum
And we have ourselves another Shane Van Dyke film, by way of Asylum. I actually liked his Paranormal Entity film (which apparently some countries have a quote of mine on the DVD for). I also liked, 6 Guns. But what are we going to get this time with, A Haunting in Salem? Haunted house films tend to all be generally about the same. Oh, it’s a creepy house, it’s dark and slow, it’s based on a true story ect. So will this film give us something different or more of the same? Weeeeelll, it’s a bit of a mixed bag if I do say so myself. The case also says it’s in 3D..but unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Mark me down as a sad panda.
So all hell breaks loose when the new sheriff of Salem, Massachusetts discovers that he is the victim of a centuries-old curse. With that now being the case, he must protect his family from the vengeful ghosts that torment his home. And of course you just know nobody is going to believe him when the weird stuff starts popping off inside the house. But isn’t that just the way it ALWAYS goes?? So whatever can this poor man do to save his family from this nasty situation he is now in the middle of?? Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out!
Well, this one starts off a little slow. Perhaps, a little too slow for my taste. I understand it’s a bit of a throwback and all of that, but you really don’t have to build stuff up that much these days. Especially in this movie’s case. After you’ve started the movie with the opening this movie has, you might as well dive right in sooner than you do. I mean, sure there are little things going down at the start, but hasn’t that been done before? That one of this film’s biggest issues actually. There really isn’t a whole lot going down here that hasn’t been done before. There is a scene when what ever is in the house is trying to talk to our Sheriff’s daughter by online messenger. So I’ll give the movie that, I found that different and amusing.
I do however think that the movie looks really great. Even the standard edition DVD looks really good, so I can imagine how good a blu-ray would look. The colors and the setting all seem to fit really well, and it has a good mix of blood and CGI so you can’t really complain at all about what you see on the screen as far as looks go. You even have a good cast that does a fine job with what they have here to work with. So the fact that the film didn’t work for me all that well can’t be faulted to them. I think it all goes back to it taking too long to really get going. That and the fact it’s hard to be totally original with these types of movies at this point.
I will however give credit where it is due. And outside of an awkward fall down the stairs for one character, the film does pickup very nicely at around the hour and ten minute mark. If more of the film had had that sorta vibe going, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more. As a matter of fact, what you get at the end of this film is haunting, creepy, and brutal. But by that point things have dragged too much before hand to make your overall opinion of the film change. So, it starts good, it ends well, it’s just the middle I have issue with. But with that being the case, it’s at least watchable.
Not my favorite film from Shane Van Dyke, but it’s not horrible. As a matter of fact, no film I’ve seen by the man has been horrible (note that I’ve not seen Titanic 2). As far as this one goes, it’s creepy at points. It’s really good a point too. But stuff does drag a lot in the middle and a lot of this has been done before. Still, it’s not horrible.
The Rating (5.5/10)