I loved this movie! This had a great scary vibe right from the start and never let up. And the fact that it’s based on supposedly true events makes it even more scaaaarrrryyyy!
Matt Campbell is a teenager dying from cancer. Because his mother, Sarah, has been driving him hundreds of miles a day for treatments, she decides to rent a house close to the hospital for the whole family to move into. Luckily, ha!, she finds a great deal on an old house nearby.
As soon as the first night in the new house, Matt starts experiencing visions and strange noises, which he chalks up as side effects of his treatments. Not too smartly, he has chosen to locate his bedroom in the dark basement, right next to some locked doors no one can seem to pry open. Eventually, the doors do open, and the family comes to realize the locked room was a mortuary. Not just any mortuary though, one where a deranged man used bodies and body parts to try to reach the Otherworld, using a young apprentice Jonah as his medium. Jonah, it seems, was such a talented medium, he could spew ectoplasm, supposedly a sign of the spirits “talking” or whatever.
Matt begins to channel Jonah and his experiences as he grows weaker and more sickly. Matt can tell he is dying. Finally, his family also starts to “see” their house’s other inhabitants and realize Matt is not just hallucinating. Another cancer patient, who happens to be a Reverend, offers to help his family with their “visitors.” Will he succeed? Will Matt live or die? Will the family just GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE? Watch this great movie to find out!
- Top Scare: I must have jumped 4 or 5 times during this movie. My top scare was a visitor’s sudden appearance.
- Heartbeats: 4 1/2 out of 5
- Gore Factor: 3 3/4 out of 5
- Suspense Factor: 4 1/2 out of 5
- Recommended for: This is PG-13, but I don’t think it should be. I think an R is more appropriate for it. I say it’s good for 15 or 16 and up.
Next up: Rosemary’s Baby