Director: Jose Prendes
Starring: Alex Arleo, Arielle Brachfeld, Graham Denman, Stephanie Greco, Carolina Groppa
Just because you don’t believe in ghosts, doesn’t mean they don’t believe in you!
Every city has a legendary haunted house and in San Diego the house is called the Whaley House. Not only is it known for its brutal history, but it has in its modern times also been turned into a tourist attraction where you can get a guided tour through the house.
One of the tour guides is a young girl named Penny and she is not a believer of all of these ghost hauntings that are supposed to take place on her work place. Her friends however are intrigued by the history of the house, so they all get together to spend a night in the house to find out if it is really haunted or not.
The Haunting of Whaley House is another production by the good folks at Asylum. I have a love/hate relationship with that company. I find it funny how they rip off popular films and they are able to get their low budget movies out to the public and also give aspiring filmmakers a chance to prove themselves, but the problem is that the end product is usually very bad.
And bad is exactly what this film is aswell. It’s a typical haunted house film, a group of friends together with some paranormal investigators spend the night at a haunted house and wicked shit happens. All the scare tactics are cheap and none of the are effective and all the characters are boring.
What sets this a part from a lot of other Asylum horror films is that it does actually look decent visually. There is obviously some effort being put into this while they were on set, perhaps it is just the talent or experience that is lacking. It is actually surprising that they didn’t go the found footage route with this as it is a cheap method of filming a ghost story and Asylum has done that a few times in the past already.
Director and screenwriter Jose Prendes has been involved in a few other low budget productions such as The Monster Man and Corpses Are Forever and he has also written for three other Asylum pictures such as Hansel & Gretel, The Terminators and Haunting of Winchester House, so maybe it is a talent thing after all…. You would also think that someone who has written a few scripts by now would be able to come up some decent dialogue and I hope to never heard the line “you gotta be fucking kidding me” ever again in a movie, talk about an overused line by now in cinema.
The acting is bad. Just bad. None of the characters stand out in a good way and you can’t wait til most of them die and sadly it does take some time before the bloodshed starts since this does try to go for scares over gore. The leading character Penny is played by Stephanie Greco, who has some incredible beautiful eyes but does not display any acting talent that can be close to matching her looks.
Asylum’s The Haunting of Whaley House is a poor effort. It might start out a little promising, but quickly becomes another reason why someone will doubt that Asylum has anything good to offer to its few supporters. There’s so many haunted house movies out these days that I can’t find any reason why you should watch this one. Skip it and forget that it exist.