‘The Inhabitants’ and other scary things

By on October 7, 2015

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be given an advanced screening of “The Inhabitants,” the second foray into filmmaking by the writing, directing, brotherly duo of Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. The Rasmussens are known for writing John Carpenter’s “The Ward,” which was released in 2010.

A labor of love and admittedly produced on a shoestring budget, “The Inhabitants” is both lovely and horrifying. Something is amiss at The March Carriage bed and breakfast. Unbeknownst to the young couple — Jessica (Elise Couture) and Dan (Michael Reed) — who now own the place, the residence is haunted. While Dan is away on business Jessica discovers the home’s dark past, rich with the lore of witchcraft. When he returns nothing is the same.

Filmed in and around one of the oldest houses in New England, the Noyes-Parris House (which was home to the Salem Witch Trial children), the movie is at points stunningly beautiful, which is something not often associated with a horror movie. The circa-1669 building adds visual elements no mere set could capture.

“The Inhabitants” is a sexy shocker with a mix of old school horror and modern technology. It is as audibly horrifying as it is and visually. This movie gave me the creeps! It’ll be a while before I feel comfortable staying in a bed and breakfast.

“This film has been a real home-grown, passion project for us,” said the Rasmussens, whose film will be released on Oct. 13 on multiple video-on-demand platforms.

“The Inhabitants” kicks off the horror movie season, which is filled with some potential hits and misses.

Other autumnal offerings

Topping the list of potential hits is “The Final Girls.” This campy horror/comedy takes a page from the TV movie “Teen Beach Movie” and transports movie fans into a classic horror flick. “The Final Girls” has the potential to be an instant cult classic — or a gigantic flop. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, “The Final Girls” has two audience awards from the film festival circuit and stars a cast of lesser-known actors like Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”), Malin Akerman (“The Watchmen”), and Thomas Middleditch.

In other English actor news, I’m excited to see Tom Hiddleston in a role other than Marvel bad guy Loki. He plays alongside Jessica Chastain in “Crimson Peak,” a love story gone wrong filled with ghosts and horror. I’m not so sure how much worth is going to come from this flick, as director Guillermo del Toro has created some real clunkers (“Pacific Rim”), but some people really love his “Hellboy.”

I’m not so excited to see “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” but I probably will. I’m a sucker. I think the folks at Paramount (and Blumhouse Productions) are just taking things too far. In “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” a family uses a special, ghost-seeing camera to protect their daughter from an evil entity.

In “Goosebumps,” a movie made for teenage fans of the series by the same name, Jack Black (center) plays Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, whose creations are coming to life and wreaking havoc. “This movie has dollar signs all over it,” said film reviewer Michael Upton.

In “Goosebumps,” a movie made for teenage fans of the series by the same name, Jack Black (center) plays Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, whose creations are coming to life and wreaking havoc. “This movie has dollar signs all over it,” said film reviewer Michael Upton.

And for the kiddos: “Goosebumps.” Riding on the back of the popular book series of the same name by R.L. Stine, this movie has dollar signs all over it. I expect it to take the top spot at the box office on October 16. Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine in this PG movie where the author’s books come to life. It turns out the monsters from his famous books are real and that he protects readers by keeping the creatures locked up in the books — until they are accidentally let out! This movie looks like a lot of fun.

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