Paranormal Haunting: The Curse of the Blue Moon Inn
John Symes, Philip Gardiner, Warren Croyle (executive) for Reality Entertainment
directed by Philip Gardiner
starring John Symes, Andrew Gough, Suzy Deakin, Matthew Sheppard, Kerrie Denning, Amy Hall, Elle Wood, Corjan, James Earnshaw, Robert Feather, Melanie Denholme, Danielle Wood, Steve Mitchell, Mark Churchill, Martin Faulks, Morganna Bramah, Christine Moloney, Clare Staff, Natalie Shelton, Fiona De Souza
story by Philip Gardiner, screenplay by Philip Gardiner, John Symes, music by Audio Monk, title music by Corjan, songs by No Redemption, Wes Dolan, Radio Active Grandma, the Bard of Ely, Blutiger Fluss, special effects makeup by Gemma Simpson, Suzy Deakin, James Earnshaw
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Once every 100 years, the moon turns blue, a phenomenon that can only
be seen from certain locations, like the Full Moon Inn, somewhere in the
English countryside. The phenomenon has perfectly natural, atmospheric
causes, and yet it serves as the root of many a superstition, so much so
that the inn this year for blue moon attracts all kinds of weird folks,
like the astrologer Madam Brai (Suzy Deakin) and her love slave Barbara (Elle
Wood), the somewhat timid and undecided documentary filmmaker Steve Burton
(Matthew Sheppard) and his sexually repressed wife Amanda (Kerrie
Denning), and the astronomer and professional doubter professor Kepler
(Andrew Gough) and his student turned lover Gail (Amy Hall).
matter whether or not they believe in the supernatural, all agree that
something weird is going on in the inn. And is it a coincidence that their
host (John Symes) is named after the legenary witchhunter Matthew Hopkins
(see Witchfinder General
for some - highly fictionalized - background information)?
murder happens in the inn, and an eccentric inspector (Robert Feather)
forces the six visitors to remain inside the hotel at all hours. However,
Barbara, Amanda and Gail all disappear after finding some weird root
figures in their beds, and now Hopkins does his best to keep their
companions as nervous as humanly possible, until he eventually drugs them,
and when they awaken they find themselves tied up and caught in their own
private hells - before they are made the centerpiece of a sacrificial
ritual Hopkins has arranged for his goddess ...
can't shake the feeling that you have seen everything Paranormal
Haunting is made up from before, the haunted inn, the creepy
innkeeper, the inspector with his own agenda, the heterogenous gang of
investigators, the descent into the occult, and so on. And if you have
watched enough British horror from the 1960's and 70's, you probably
indeed have seen everything before.
But that doesn't make Paranormal
Haunting a bad movie, because on one hand it is a loving hommage to
the occult horror flicks of old, on the other Philip Gardiner is a
versatile enough writer and director to put all the elements together in
an original way, to make something fresh out of something tried and true,
take the story into unexpected directions. And his professional knowledge
about the occult (he has written books and made documentaries about the
subject) sure helps, yet he never lets this knowledge interfere with his