Tag Archive: Ghosts


Haiku Review: Mama (2013)

mamaStarring: Jessica Chastain & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Screenplay by Neil Cross and Andy Muschietti & Barbara Muschietti
Directed by Andy Muschietti

When two young girls are taken in by their uncle and his girlfriend after living alone in the woods for several years, a haunting, maternal presence follows them to their new home.


Hey, for a little
extra free time, I’d let a
ghost watch my children.

Grade: C+


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
Mama is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2023587/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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awakeningStarring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West & Imelda Staunton
Screenplay by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy
Directed by Nick Murphy

A woman who debunks supernatural hoaxes is called upon to investigate a ghost that allegedly haunts a boarding school.


I say ghosts are just
what you need to keep a school
full of brats in line.

Grade: B-


c2013
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Awakening is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1687901/?ref_=fn_al_tt_5

apparitionStarring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan & Tom Felton
Written and directed by Todd Lincoln

A young couple finds themselves the target of an evil apparition after a paranormal experiment goes wrong.


This director is
one Lincoln who should get shot
in a theater.

Grade: F


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Apparition is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433822/

Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis & Lena Dunham
Written & directed by Ti West

The Yankee Pedlar Inn is closing down after over one hundred years of operation, and its last two employees are determined to record proof of the hauntings that have long been rumored to happen there.


A great place to stay,
but the check-out leaves you a
bit disappointed.

Grade: B


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Innkeepers is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1594562/

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, CiarĂ¡n Hinds & Janet McTeer
Screenplay by Jane Goldman
Directed by James Watkins

A widower travels to a remote village where a ghostly woman seeks revenge on the locals.


She’s wearing black to
mourn the loss of what must have
once been called a plot.

Grade: C


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Woman in Black is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596365/

Starring: Lauren Bittner & Chris Smith
Written by Christopher B. Landon
Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman

In 1988, a man attempts to videotape the ghostly entity that’s haunting his family.


The night cams still spook,
but this schtick and its story
are stretched pretty thin.

Grade: B-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Paranormal Activity 3 is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1778304/

Haiku Review: Insidious (2011)

Starring: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey & Lin Shaye
Written by Leigh Whannell
Directed by James Wan

A couple is plagued by spirits and demons fighting to take over the body of their comatose son.


The Saw guy scores scares
sans his trademark torture porn,
just old-timey ghosts.

Grade: B


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Insidious in now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1591095/

(Blu) Haiku Review: Paranormal Activity 2

By Daniel J. Hoag


It’s far from perfect,
but it sure beats the train wreck
that was Blair Witch 2.

Grade: B-




c2010
Paranormal Activity 2 is available on Blu-Ray and DVD today.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1536044/