Tag Archive: Spirits


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

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possessionStarring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport, Jay Brazeau & Matisyahu
Written by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White
Directed by Ole Bornedal

A young girl becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit – known in Judaism as a dybbuk – after purchasing a mysterious box that imprisoned it.


Oy vey! This dybbuk
should skip meshuga clich├ęs,
find a nice doctor.

Grade: C


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Possession is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/15/13.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431021/

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/

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/