Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thursday Movie Picks #16: Haunted Buildings

Thursday Movie Picks

Hello and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks! Halloween is tomorrow and this the last week of the  Halloween Edition of Thursday Movie Picks! I hope you've enjoyed reading mine and other participants picks this October and even check out some of those movies yourself.

October 2 - Unstable Characters (characters that seemed Donnie Darko)
October 9 - Zombie Movies
October 16 - Found Footage Movies 
October 23 - Vampire Movies
October 30 - Haunted Buildings

Before we start let's go through some of the simple rules for the newbies; Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each. For more information and future topics please visit the Thursday Movie Picks page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Haunted Buildings



I love ghost stories. But I much prefer stories about haunted buildings rather than haunted people (which tend to go to the possession route) thus haunted buildings became this week's theme and my picks will be all favourites.

Dark Water came out at the height of the popularity of Asian horror and I was actually quite reluctant to see this because after awhile the movies all seem a tad similiar but ended up really liking Dark Water and the remake which came a few years later. In Dark Water, a newly divorced mother and her young daughter moves into a rundown apartment. The mother is struggling to cope with the big change in their lives and ensuring that she provides a good home so she can continue having custody of her daughter. But unfortunately creepy water stains start to appear on the ceiling of the apartment which is only the beginning of other weird things that would happen.

"What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber." This movie had me with its opening lines. I think a good ghost story is both scary and tragic. Well at least the ones I like are and I just love this movie. It's just heartwrenching. In the Devil's Backbone at the end of the Spanish civil war, after the death of his father, Carlos is left at an orphanage which is haunted. The boys at the orphanage believes the ghost is Santi a former occupant who has disappeared and soon the ghost has latched on to Carlos trying to communicate with him. Without going into it too much, let's just say there are more sinister things in store for people at the orphanage other than the ghost child.

The Others (2001)
Isolated mansion. A family with a peculiar affliction. Weird servants. Limited lighting. This movie really does have a great set up for a haunted house story and plays the suspense really well. There's this scene with the little old lady in the veil in a darkened room in the trailer...that was one scary jumpy scene.


So that's three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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  1. Dark Water just didn't do it for me, at all. Lots of people love it, though, so I'll still say good pick. Haven't seen the other two, but I have been telling myself I was going to see The Others ever since it came out. Time to get on that.

    1. You haven't seen The Others? I hope you haven't been spoiled yet.


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