A Haunting in Salem
Written by H. Perry Horton
Directed by Shane Van Dyke
Produced by The Asylum
Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Courtney Abbiati, Jenna Stone, and Nicholas Harsin
Reviewed by Alyssa Hunt
Anytime you have a story set in Salem, you naturally expect witches, fire, and dark magic. In A Haunting in Salem, you get the witch, dark events and a bit of burning. From the movie’s DVD cover, it says this story was taken from actual events, so was real life as scary as fiction?
The plot centered on the new sheriff of Salem and his family, who’ve moved into a sweet, Victorian home. It’s excessively large, even for four people, but it’d been the dwelling of every sheriff who’d presided over the town for years. While unpacking, everyone experienced strange and unexplainable occurrences, but soon, the entire family is in mortal danger. Sadly, there’s not a soul around who can help with truth, let alone answers.
The story presents a cycle; the very beginning shows you what happened to the previous family, then the new sheriff, complete with mental issues, came along. What you aren’t given is a reason for it all. Was it revenge? Had the previous sheriffs carried a blood connection, allowing the townspeople to invite them, as a sort of sacrifice? It ended, giving wonder as to why it even happened.
The cinematography, concerning the town and surrounding views were spectacular! Even the house was lovely, but there really wasn’t much as far as storyline. With little scare, A Haunting in Salem entertained, but disappointed.