Trying to bring some movies into the spotlight that you may or may not be familiar with, here is one that takes a classic scary movie approach. The Haunting of Whaley House follows in the footsteps of previous haunted house films. Yes, it’s predictable. No, there’s not really anything that you haven’t already seen, and a few of the character’s deaths are unintentionally humorous. So, should you watch it?
The Story: Penny Abbot (Stephanie Greco) works at the Whaley house, a tourist attraction for it’s history and claimed hauntings. Having been there four months, she hasn’t seen anything and doesn’t believe in ghosts. Her superior lists three rules of the house to keep from upsetting the non-living inhabitants, one being to never enter the house at night. After a freak accident during a tour, where a guest goes crazy and eventually falls ill, Stephanie leaves for the day a bit shaken up. She goes on to tell her friends about her day, who (to no surprise) talk her into getting them in the house at night fall, seeing as she has a key. From this point on, the story take place in the house.
No pros and cons this time seeing as I don’t consider it necessary. Simply put, the plot (for a 2012 scary movie) is nothing worth talking about. A child could have written the story better the way I see it. But the story isn’t why I gave this movie a chance. I did so for one simple reason. I had recently watched the 2013 film, Hansel and Gretel (not to be confused with the more popular Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), and actually enjoyed it. I had never before seen or heard of Stephanie Greco who played Gretel. When I saw that she starred in The Haunting of Whaley House, I wanted to give it a shot. I enjoyed it the first time I saw it better than the second, and sadly I think just about anyone could have pulled off the acting for this film. I’ve seen worse, but I’ve also seen much better. I feel that Stephanie Greco has a lot of potential to be a good actress, but needs to associate herself with the right movies. She is a beautiful actress who’s heart is in the right place, but this movie’s plot murdered her talent.
I must also point out that the movie has a very slow start until we see much of anything happen. The first half of the movie is slow, and if you have little patience, you’ll find yourself turning the movie off before it even has the chance to get anywhere.
If you enjoy classic haunted house movies, then this one shouldn’t let you down. I certainly don’t regret watching it because I too am a fan of the classics. I just found some of the movie to be quite juvenile in nature. And another thing I didn’t understand was why they felt the need to show boobs for the brief scene that took place outside of the home. Maybe viewers (mostly male I’d assume) enjoy seeing this, but it did not fit in with the movie’s plot. It was a pointless distraction that had nothing to do with the film.
My rating: 60% Earning the lowest rating I have ever given a movie, for the above mentioned issues. This movie has nothing new to offer but may work for you if you’re easily entertained or just not picky.