Title: The Haunting of Whaley House
Tagline: Just because you don’t believe in ghosts, doesn’t mean they don’t believe in you!
Studio: The Asylum
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Written and directed by Jose Prendes (Haunting of Winchester House), The Haunting of Whaley House revolves around one of the worlds most haunted homes located in San Diego, California. A tour guide sneaks her friends into the infamous mansion after hours for a paranormal investigation in hopes of coming into contact with one of the residents well known spirits. Little do they know that they will soon wish that their dream of experiencing the paranormal first hand never occurred as they fight for survival after the house refuses to let them go from its nefarious grip.
As a huge fan of the paranormal sub genre, I just want to say right away that I really enjoyed this film. It uses typical genre clichés in ways that hit all the right nostalgia buttons for fans of 80s and 90s horror, nicely combining each era’s best traits. I was impressed with every aspect of this contribution to the sub genre and would not be surprised if it ends up on my year-end list. With that said lets get more into what made me fall in love with this out of no where gem.
First of all the writing is excellent, Jose Prendes does a spectacular job at balancing the levels of humor and authentic terror that are presented to viewers. There is some highly quotable and truly hilarious dialog in this flick. Although at the same time, it also manages to create an honestly creepy and sometimes high-tension horror experience. Viewers are fed just enough history about the real life location at just the right moments to tie it into the story nicely. The clever uses of pop culture references will have genre nerds and hard to please hipsters a like grinning and nodding their heads in approval.
“This house is haunted as fuck!”
“Google it, you’ll hear things that will turn your asshole white.” In reference to someone asking if EVPs are real.
“Fuck you ghosts! Do you hear me? Who the hell do you think you are breaking a man’s shit? Excerpt from one of the funniest rants to ever be screamed on screen.
The film moves at a great pace, it does not take long for things to start getting interesting and once the activity starts, it never lets up. Giving viewers just enough time to calm down in-between bursts of activity make many of the scares very effective and honestly made me jump on a couple occasions. The special effects are beautifully gory and will have viewers quickly reminiscing about their favorite classic kills. Featuring one of the best self-decapitations ever to bless the cinema, gorehounds will not be let down.
In the end this film really comes together and creates a total package viewing experience that I highly recommend sharing with a room of friends or even perhaps with that special someone for a very fun and memorable movie night.