I happen to work in morning radio and seeing as October tends to be the time of year that people like to hear about the supernatural, we had a couple of paranormal investigators on the show. Now, stories about ghosts that torment and generally spook the hell out of home owners never fail to give me goosebumps and make those little hairs stand up on my arms. For some reason, I really enjoy this. Much in the same way a well-crafted haunted house film can give me pleasure while simultaneously giving me that uneasy feeling of paranoia.
A Haunting In Salem bills itself as a spine-tingling, haunted chiller in the tradition of The Amityville Horror and The Shining and, much like those classics, it succeeded in delivering numerous jumps and scares that kept me thinking about them long after the final credits rolled. Bill Oberst, Jr. was very convincing as a damaged man who becomes the new sheriff of Salem and inadvertently moves his family into a cursed house filled with vengeful ghosts.
Director Shane Van Dyke delivers a well-paced tale, filled with disturbing imagery and some really great special effects that, much like those stories of the supernatural I was telling you about, will give you goosebumps right on top of your goosebumps. I think it was Count Floyd who said that originally. Heh-heh. I don’t know if A Haunting In Salem is in fact based on true events like the movie claims but it will more than likely get repeated plays in my household. Especially on these crisp, fall evenings when I’m looking to have the bejeezies scared out of me.