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Ghost House
Ghost House

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost House - A True Classic, 18 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Ghost House (Kindle Edition)
I remember first reading this when I was a teenager. Absolutely loved it, and I couldn't put it down.
Now nearing 30, I decided to read this again, and can still say it's a very good read.
It's one of the best haunted house stories I've had the privilege to read, and it's sequel, Ghost House Revenge, is just as good, if not better.
If you like haunted house stories with plenty of murder, mystery and suspense, buy this and it's sequel, you won't be disappointed! :D

House On Haunted Hill [DVD] [1999]
House On Haunted Hill [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Geoffrey Rush
Price: £7.57

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House on Haunted Hill (1999), 17 Oct. 2007
Like "The Haunting" released in the same year but a lot better produced, this effectively creepy horror-house remake deals mostly with up-dated effects and red-herrings than efficient story-telling in one of the best remakes to grace the silver screen.

The simplistic storyline sets around theme park developer Geoffrey Rush (playing a Vincent Price-like role) offering a group of strangers $1 million to spend the night in a 1930s mansion that holds a shocking secret...

The stars all play along with great efficiency (especially Famke Janssen as his estranged wife who's only after his fortune) alongside the terrific CGI effects and scenes of gore and violence (one in particular deals with someone finding another dismembered and on display!). As well as those trinkets, the score plays very well in tackling your nerves and fears while the ending result's surprisingly unexpected...
To finish off, if you like most well-done and thought-out remakes (like I do), then add this delicious slice of scares and gore to your collection because it'll feel empty without it!

The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
The Haunting [DVD] [1963]
Dvd ~ Julie Harris
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.24

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunting (1963), 17 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Haunting [DVD] [1963] (DVD)
This is one of the most scariest, thought-provoking and original chillers to ever set foot in the film industry. Don't bother with the 1999 rehash, stick with this and you'll be in for a spine-tingling treat...

Starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn and Fay Compton and directed by a well-accomplished director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, The West Side Story, The Day the Earth Stood Still), The Haunting tells the story of Dr John Markway (Johnson), a psychic researcher who brings along two mediums (Harris & Bloom) to help him investigate a extraordinary mansion that's thought to be haunted...

In this classic supernatural horror, you won't find any gore or blood as it plays entirely on terror that you can't actually see which is probably one of the most original of ideas seen in films like this. Robert Wise directs with such passion, such commitment that he can do no wrong, from pulsating doors to the classic spiral staircase scene, and his cast are picture-perfect as they try to uncover and eventually escape the terror of Hill House (I think that's what it's called) while the ending, to me, is truly a shocker!

You don't have to be a film critic to know that this is simply one of the greatest films ever made (among a whole lot of others) so add this to your collection!

The Amityville Horror [DVD] [2005]
The Amityville Horror [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Ryan Reynolds
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.72

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Amityville Horror (2005), 15 Oct. 2007
Starring Ryan Reynolds (Just Friends) and Melissa George (TV's Alias, Paradise Lost), this is a worthy remake of the "cult classic" original ,which starred James Brolin and Margot Kidder.

Basically using the same story as the original (as most remakes do obviously!), it's made even more scarier with remarkably eerie visuals and a devilishly wicked performance by Reynolds himself. The direction's full of hair-raising moments, sharp soundtracks and low lighting which adds more to the suspense but sadly it slows down towards the end while the ending feels rushed and uncalled for.

This is a brilliant remake all the same along with countless others but don't be expecting anything more than that!

Whispering Corridors [DVD]
Whispering Corridors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kang-hei Choi
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £10.11

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whispering Corridors, 15 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Whispering Corridors [DVD] (DVD)
After first seeing the trailer, I thought this would be as good as Phone or Into the Mirror but after watching this, I felt cheated and quite annoyed...

The premise sounded particularly gripping; a series of grisly murders is occuring at an all-girls school, which the administration's trying to cover up as suicides. A former student, who has returned as a teacher, finds something familiar about the deaths, and launches her own investigation into the events. She soon discovers that something far more sinister than simple murder is taking place...but all-in-all, it's pretty tame and relatively boring.

The cast are believable in their roles and the setting's reasonably sinister but the direction's unimpressive and you'll be glad to reach the end in this sub-standard and dull horror.

Watch it if you dare!!!

Koma [DVD] [2004]
Koma [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Roy Chow
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Koma, 15 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Koma [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Angelica Lee (The Eye) and Karena Lam star in this out-of-the-ordinary psychological thriller that not only gives you the creeps but manages to stay until well after you've seen it...

If you've already read the synopsis, then you'll know that it borrows from the infamous urban legend about the person who wakes up after drinking heavily to find that one of their kidneys' missing...Add to that, a look at the strained friendship between rich socialite Angelica and poor girl Karena, an sinister cat-and-mouse game between the two and a quite perplexing ending and you've got yourself a pretty good K-Horror which is not without its flaws!!

Premonition [DVD] [2004]
Premonition [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Daisuke Ban
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £4.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Premonition, 15 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Premonition [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Even though it runs in the same line as most J-Horrors, this interesting, chilling but slightly lacking horror deals mostly with flying newspapers accompanied by eerie music than creepy the audience out with the usual ruthless imagery and so forth.
But that's what seperates it from the usual - I mean it's a interesting concept - reading what's going to happen in the future as the main character tries to prevent them but it somehow tones it down somewhat which can get quite tiring when you're waiting for something to happen.
I'll give the film credit; it has great acting from the cast, the direction's compelling and the ending result's predictable yet unnerving but it's simply not for everyone so I suggest you rent before you buy to avoid any disappointment!!

Phone [DVD] [2002]
Phone [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Ji-Won Ha
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £6.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phone, 15 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Phone [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
From South Korean director Ahn Byeong-ki comes this shockingly imaginative and quite fearsome horror flick that borrows elements from the Japanese horror classic Ringu but never abuses it like other rip-offs!

Young journalist Ji-won has exposed an underage sex scandal and is told by her editor Ho-jeong to keep a low profile until the men implicated can be tried. Then Ji-won begins to receive mysterious and disturbing phone calls (after purchasing a new cell-phone) in which one of these calls is answered by the editor's daughter, Yeong-ju, who begins to act strangely afterwards... As the phone calls continue, Ji-won must decipher them before something terrible happens...whilst also dodging a creepy stalker!!

Ha Ji-won plays the main character with authenticity and style while she's wonderfully backed up with excellent direction from Byeong-ki, the creepy premise that makes its own in the K-horror genre and her supporting cast are intense, especially Eun Seo-woo (the editor's daughter) who switches from incredibly cute to chillingly evil with such power that you're easily convinced.

If you're a lover of K-horrors or horrors in general then you should definitely pick this up, otherwise move along!!!

The Eye (Collector's Edition) [DVD]
The Eye (Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angelica Lee
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.74

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eye, 15 Oct. 2007
From directing brothers Oxide and Danny Pang comes this extraordinarily fear-provoking and satisfying Korean psychological Horror that has its fair share of chills and thrills...

It features a young woman, Mun, who undergoes a corneal replacement operation to restore the sight she lost at the age of two. At first it all seems to be going well until she begins to see terrifying visions and noticing that it's not her face when she looks in a mirror. Horrified at what's happening to her, she sets out to discover the ghastly secret behind her nightmare...

From the start, the Pang brothers pull you in with their stirring story-telling while their direction comes thick and fast with sinister visuals and heart-pounding scares. Malaysian-Taiwanese actress Angelica Lee's breathtaking in her role of blind violinist Mun who receives the treatment and cleverly entices the audience through her horrific experience. The action and special-FX sequences are another thing, from scary visions and jumpy scenes to Mun running down a crowded main road and the shocking ending result...

This is by, far and away, the best K-horrors yet and hopefully others will follow in its footsteps, drawing in more and more new people to this implausible genre!!!

A Tale Of Two Sisters [DVD] [2004]
A Tale Of Two Sisters [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Kap-su Kim
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £8.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Sisters, 15 Oct. 2007
Another one of my favourite K-horrors, "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a thought-provoking and scary horror/thriller in which two sisters Su-mi and Su-yeon discover that their step-mother might not be the person she appears to be as there's a malignant force present in their home and she's acting strangely erratic...

Although it's not your usual K-Horror (like Phone and Into the Mirror) its creepy atmosphere causes your hairs to stand on end and the premise's surprisingly original, creating new feelings of terror and dread as the film progresses. Kim Ji-Woon's direction's refreshingly new as he creates freaky camera views and uncomfortable scares. The actors are incredibly convincing as they move the story along at an agreeable pace while the locales are beautiful but creepy at the same time.

Even though I rate this with other great K-Horrors, it's somehow different to them in ways of creating atmosphere and drawing the audience in before surprising them with scares or red herrings so I highly recommend this to all horror fans!!!

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