Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Movie Review: "The Haunting of Whaley House" (2012)

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Movie"The Haunting of Whaley House"
Director: Jose Prendes
Year: 2012
Rating: UR
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

A tour guide named Penny (Stephanie Greco) sneaks a group of her friends into the historic Whaley House after dark. Once inside, they start experiencing strange phenomenons and seeing bizarre apparitions. They quickly find out why the Whaley House is one of the most haunted sites in America and will be lucky to get out with their lives. 

BigJ and I were both born and raised in San Diego and have been to the Whaley House on several occasions throughout out lives. This is mainly the reason we decided to watch this film, even knowing that it doesn't have a stellar rating. But, we persevered through it, and we have done so so you don't have to see it.

Being a film about the Whaley House, you'd think that the people responsible for making this piece of crap would maybe, possibly shoot on location, and if not, that they might maybe, possibly make a replica of said house for their film. Welp, if you thought that, you'd be wrong. It's filmed in a building that is completely different and not in any way similar to the actual Whaley House. I mean, give it a little bit of effort, won't ya? This movie was made by The Asyulm, notorious for their cheap attempts at luring movie viewers into watching their awful knockoffs instead of the actual, good movies to which they are similar. We're not sure if this is a knockoff of anything specific or if it's an original story, but either way, it's pretty stupid. On top of that, the acting is atrocious. Seriously, it is over the top bad. It has scenes, performances, and dialogue that are reminiscent of a daytime soap opera. When the performance aren't over the top, they are mundane and monotonous, as referenced by several characters who just can't muster up any strength to show inflection in their tone of voice.

The only good thing we can say about this movie is that, unlike most Asyulm catastrophes, this movie doesn't have any failed attempts at using poor CGI, and instead opts for practical effects, though they are not anything to write home about. There are maybe one or two cool death scenes with a decent amount of gore, but these deaths are the ridiculous ones. When they aren't ridiculous, the deaths are basic and devoid of tension and suspense. Overall, there's nothing unique or special about this film, and we'd love to see someone with actual talent make a movie about our beloved Whaley House.

My Rating: 3.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 4/10
IMDB's Rating: 3.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: ---%
Do we recommend this movie: No.
One year ago, we were watching"The Clown Murders"

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