Has anyone actually inherited a haunted house?
The top 7 haunted house films
As of today, Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black in the cinema is dealing with a house whose ex-resident is not quite as dead as the villagers like to claim. Because he, as Arthur Kipps' lawyer, is supposed to settle the estate of this ex-resident, he unfortunately has to stay there. Not a pleasant stay, because there are more child deaths in the village and Kipps is held responsible for it. In film history, the unfortunate protagonists were often faced with houses full of demonic or ectoplasmic residents.
Sometimes the death house is inherited, sometimes it is bought at an incredibly low price: there is always a catch. It doesn't matter whether an Indian cemetery or a murder story is responsible for the ghost. The new homeowners should definitely read the apartment advertisements. But despite the mostly simple story premises, the topic can be approached in many different ways. We have compiled some of the best haunted house films in a top 7.
7. Dance of the Devils 2 - Now there's more dancing - zombies, raping trees and Bruce Campbell
The remake of Evil Dead 1, which is ridiculously indexed in Germany, is just as trashy and cruel as in the original. Only the effects are made much better. The greatest B-movie hero of all time is played by the greatest B-movie actor Bruce Campbell in a nightmare caused by Nekronomikon quotes. This nightmare of evil trees, zombies, and rape branches is as funny as it is obnoxious. Who isn't happy when Ash finally claps the chainsaw on his hand? The frightened heart laughs.
6. Hausu - House- bizarre Japan horror with a humorous undertone
The Japanese know how to properly disturb. It doesn't always have to be bitterly serious horror, surrealism and improbable threats are often more than enough. It's about a group of school girls (whatever else), one of whom wants to flee from their stressful family life. So with five friends it goes to relax in the country house of the friendly aunt. It's just stupid that the aunt's country house is damn hungry and is gradually eating the schoolgirls. Pianos, cat pictures and grandfather clocks also have an appetite. Although Nobuhiko Obayashi's House sometimes has questionable and even experimental effects, nevertheless (or perhaps because of it) the surreal ways of death offer a deep-seated horror that is capable of amusing.
5. The horror - the scariest ball in the world
When New York composer Dr. John Russell (George C. Scott) was looking for a place to relax after the death of his wife and daughter, it had to be this old Victorian mansion. In this 1980s film by director Peter Medak, we are served all the classic elements of a haunted house film, which, despite their relative trite, were innovatively captured on film. Seldom has a small ball rolling down the stairs been so frightening.
4. Castle of Terror - Never trust a child
Children and cursed houses have always been standard elements in the horror film industry. In Jack Clayton's Castle of Terror, cameraman Freddie Francis experiments with depth of field and lighting methods to achieve unsettling results. The story of a nanny (Deborah Kerr) who is supposed to look after two offspring of a rich family also has the appropriate visual atmosphere. She quickly realizes that things are not going well in the country house and that the children are not unaffected by it either. The secret behind it is truly cruel and should have served as inspiration for films like The Forbidden Key.
3. Until the Blood Freezes - 1960s horror that still inspires filmmakers today
Throws a slightly different perspective on the genre Until the Blood Freezes. Scientist Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) deliberately goes into a house allegedly inhabited by ghosts to find evidence of the existence of said phenomena. The Hill House seems to be particularly interested in the young Nell (Julia Harris). Camera tricks and eccentric settings, for example fishbowl optics, make Until the Blood Freezes a really creepy experience that can frighten even the hardened minds of today's horror.
2. Poltergeist - Can someone fix the TV?
Director Tobe Hooper is absolutely correct in his assumption that young children are bloody scary. The They’re heeere little Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) in front of the roaring television has become an iconic film scene. In Poltergeist, the Freeling family lives peacefully in the small suburb of Cuesta Verde, which is only peaceful on a visible level. Daughter Carol Anne is a very special child and proves in a disturbing way that there is actually more between heaven and earth than we'd like to assume.
1. Shining - Murderously good family vacation in the cursed hotel
Heeeeere’s Johnny! Everyone knows this scene. For Jack Nicholson, the role of the father of the family, driven insane by the ghosts that haunted the Overlook Hotel, was a perfect fit. It's actually a good deal that he can live there with his family as a caretaker for the winter break and work on his book. But bleeding elevators, far too permeable bartenders and attractive horror grannies make the stay, staged by Stanley Kubrick, one of the scariest in film history. Telepathic powers don't help either.
Which haunted house films do you particularly enjoy watching?
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