Thriller Thursday

Ah, it is once again October which means one of my favorite holidays, Halloween!!! It also means autumn is here which we can tell by a glimpse outside at all the leaves on the ground already!

It is Thriller Thursday and I know I traditionally write about the book I am reading.  However, I’m not going to do that today because I already shared the book I was reading this past Monday.  So instead, I am going to tell you about a movie that I watched:

 

The little blurb under the name says “Really disturbing…grabs you by the throat”.  It says, of course, that it is also “based on true events” which I don’t believe.  However, the blurb under the name is pretty accurate – at least to me. Here is the trailer:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2396701/

I love the house in the movie and could see myself living there, minus the ghosts of course.  The movie centers around a young woman who gives tours of the house during the daylight hours.  The older and much wiser coworker gives the woman three rules to live by regarding the house which, of course, the woman totally disregards.

Her friends talk her into letting them in the house one night for just an hour so they can see if the place was really haunted.  She resists at first but gives in because she, herself, does not believe in ghosts so how could the house be dangerous?  What follows is disturbing and rather scary.  I would have LOVED to see this on the big screen and wonder how in the world I missed it.

After watching it, I went right to Best Buy to purchase it but apparently it isn’t out yet on blu-ray.  I was disappointed because I want to watch it several more times but don’t want to keep paying to rent it.  There is so much going on in the movie that it will take several viewings to absorb it all – rather like “The Innkeepers”.

If you are a ghost-loving fan, this movie is for you.  There is a blessed absence of gore in most of the movie – that isn’t to say some of it doesn’t make your skin crawl but there aren’t guts flying everywhere.  Great movie – I give it an A+.

Upon further investigation, I found that there is a Whaley House in San Diego that is certified as the most haunted house in the United States.  I have to say, I like the house in the movie much better.

Whaley House

This is the information I read:

In the 1960s, The Whaley House was designated as an official Haunted House by the United States Commerce Department. The only other official haunted house in California is the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. According to the Travel Channel‘s showAmerica’s Most Haunted, out of all the haunted houses in the United States, the Whaley House is the number one most haunted. TheWhaley House grounds was reportedly haunted even before the house was built and the family moved in. The first ghost to be reported was the ghost of James “Yankee Jim” Robinson who was hanged in 1852. He was hanged on the property that was the site of a gallowsbefore Thomas Whaley purchased the property and built the house. According to the San Diego Union, after the Whaley family moved in, they heard the sound of heavy footsteps moving around the house and concluded that these footsteps were made by “Yankee Jim”. Years later, many visitors to the house said that they saw the ghost of Thomas Whaley. A former keeper of the house mentioned that a little girl waved to a man who was standing in the parlor, but others did not see the man.

Moreover, four members of the Whaley family died in the house, including Anna Whaley. The ghost of Anna Whaley has been reported by visitors in the garden or in the rooms located downstairs. Furthermore, some visitors claimed that they have seen an apparition of a woman in the courtroom, but the description of her did not fit any of the Whaleys.

In the 1960s, psychic, Sybil Leek, felt a presence of a young girl. She was believed to be the great grand-daughter of Thomas and Anna Whaley, Marion Reynolds. While visiting the Whaley House with her parents in 1913, she accidentally ingested ant poison while playing in the dining room, and died on the ride to her family home in Oceanside. She was just 10 days shy of her third birthday at the time. Her hauntings are typically experienced in the dining room and she is particularly drawn to women and girls, who have reported feeling tugging on their clothing or grabbing of their hands or legs. Not only is the Whaley House a home for the family even after they had died, it is also a home for their dog. A spirit of a dog was captured; the apparition of the dog was caught running into the dining room in the house. The Whaley family used to own a terrier named Dolly Varden. The dog died of natural causes and is said to lick people’s toes or legs and is mostly seen by young children.

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