Horror Cinema: The House of the Devil

I recently re-watched Ti West’s The House of the Devil. I remembered liking how spooky it was, but I forgot how much I liked the storyline. The narrative both pops and lulls as it unfolds toward a dark ending about free will and Satanism. The gore is bloody and satisfying. The heroine is strong and resourceful. The villains seem distant but are many and close by. So spooky!

Admittedly, I might be biased because Rosemary’s Baby is one of my favourite movies and The House of the Devil pays an intriguing homage to the Unholy Trinity. Its ending is very different than its predecessor’s, however. It is unresolved yet satisfying, which I liked. I am very much a Ti West fan!

West, Ti. The House of the Devil, MPI Media Group (theatrical) / Dark Sky Films (DVD and VHS), 2009.

The Ghost of Peggy Cove

Peggy Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada, is home to a grieving ghost:

“The site of the famous Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in Nova Scotia is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who took her own life in 1800. According to legend, the woman—whose name was Margaret—was the survivor of a shipwreck that killed her children, and, in her grief, would often wander the rocks at the edge of the sea.

Image from NovaScotia.com

“One day her husband, in an attempt to cheer her up, was dancing on the rocks, slipped, and suffered a fatal head wound. Shortly after his death, she took her own life by jumping into the sea at the spot where he died. Today, there are reports of a mysterious lady in blue who looks poised to jump into the sea. When someone tries to help, she disappears.”

For more Canadian ghost stories, visit 5 classic (and totally creepy) Canadian ghost stories.

True Crime TV: See No Evil

One of my favourite true crime shows is Investigation Discovery’s See No Evil. I like experiencing a true crime narrative through recorded evidence, and this show is always packed with security camera videos, recordings of police interviews, and audio clips like emergency calls or tapped phone calls.

See No Evil on Investigation Discovery

The scariest and most unique aspect of this show is that the crimes happen to very charming, innocent people who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. In most of the cases, because the violence was so random, finding leads outside of the victim’s social circle made it nearly impossible to identify a suspect. But, with the ever-seeing eye of CCTV, police are able to patch together very accurate timelines for the crimes.

See No Evil on Investigation Discovery

Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and it makes the terror of the show’s case files that much worse. Could happen to anyone at any time. I find myself hoping to be on camera when I’m in random places. If I’m going to be assaulted, I sure hope the attacker could be identified.