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The Cellar Witch

The Cellar Witch

The doors were too close together. That’s what they’d said. So close together that a visiting substitute teacher had mistaken the school’s cellar door for that of the office and plunged down the stairs to her death.

That was the story we’d always heard, anyway. The one that was told and retold whenever new students first learned of what had become known as The Cellar Witch.

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Poltergeist Director, Tobe Hooper, Dies at 74

Poltergeist Director, Tobe Hooper, Dies at 74

Sad to see that Tobe Hooper, director of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poltergeist” has died. “Poltergeist”, in my opinion, is one of the most perfect ghost stories ever told on film. While it certainly has its share of jump scares and gross-outs (the scene with the guy scraping his face off in the mirror?), it really is, at its heart, a ghost story. And kind of a sad one at that.

Even though there are still many who claim it was Steven Spielberg (the film’s credited producer), and not Hooper, who actually directed most of the movie, Poltergeist is still his legacy. I’ve also never seen his mini-series he directed of the Stephen King story “Salem’s Lot”. Now I feel like I need to seek it out.

Read the full Variety article here.

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First Look at Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester

First Look at Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester

Last October, I posted about an upcoming movie about the Winchester Mystery House starring Helen Mirren. At the time there were scarce few details, but now, we’ve gotten a 2018 release date and the first photo of Mirren as Sarah Winchester.

Here’s hoping for a classic haunted house story. The brothers directing it just finished “Saw: Legacy”, which in my mind is not a good omen.

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Haunted Toys ‘R Us

Remember that show from the late 70’s, early 80’s called That’s Incredible? For those of you young’uns, it was a weekly show hosted by John Davidson, Fran Tarkenton and Cathy Lee Crosby. In the vein of Ripley’s Believe it or Not or Real People (remember that one?), it had various segments of people doing amazing things or wild stunts. In fact, the show pretty much pioneered the use of the phrase “Don’t try this at home”.

For some reason they also focused a lot on unexplainable phenomenon (bigfoot, etc), as well as the paranormal.