Category: Cinematic Haunts

The Bringing and Elisa Lam

Posted on 03/12/14 by Ben
Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles

By Annie Riordan “I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.” ― Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House As a lifelong connoisseur of ghost stories, paranormal documentaries and haunting investigations, I’ve naturally formed a few opinions of my own concerning […]

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Annie’s Favourite TV Ghost Hunting Shows

Posted on 10/06/12 by Ben
demonicgiraffe

by Annie Riordan   I love ghost hunting shows. I give no fucks what you think about that. Do I believe that every single door creak and mouse fart caught on tape is a dead soul trying to make contact through the aether? Fuck no. But I’m totally willing to suspend my disbelief for an […]

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Cinematic Haunts – The Black Hope Horror

Posted on 09/16/12 by Ben
poltergeist

by Annie Riordan Ghosts. That one word has the ability to conjure a multitude of images; long abandoned houses shrouded in cobwebs, rotting floorboards creaking underfoot, the skeletal branches of dead trees scraping the dark sky above. In such places do the sheeted dead wander for all eternity, loudly lamenting their untimely demise. Haunted houses […]

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Cinematic Haunts: The Providence Ghost Tour

Posted on 04/15/12 by Deaditor
Providence Ghost Tour

by Annie Riordan So, wow…how long has it been since I’ve written anything for my insanely popular and highly overrated “Cinematic Haunts” column? Too damn long, that’s how long. It’s difficult to get inspired, I’ll admit. Most of the haunted locations I could write about have already been well covered by programs such as Ghost […]

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Cinematic Haunts – Mediatrix, WI

Posted on 09/22/10 by Deaditor

Cinematic Haunts – Mediatrix, WI by Annie Riordan I call myself a Catholic. It’s a knee-jerk thing, like saying, “I’m of German heritage,” or, “I would very much like to perform perverted sexual acts upon Javier Bardem.” However, I know there are many out there who would dispute my claim to Catholicism. After all, I […]

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Cinematic Haunts: Bobby Mackey’s Music World

Posted on 04/22/10 by Deaditor

The Gateway To Hell ~Bobby Mackey’s Music World, Kentucky~ by Annie Riordan I hate Country music. And before I get a shitload of hate mail from the diehard line-dancing crowd, allow me to state that I actually hate neo-Country Pop music. i.e. I do NOT think your “tractor’s sexy,” I refuse to “Shine On,” I […]

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Krampus: The German Christmas Demon

Posted on 12/14/09 by Deaditor

by Annie Riordan [Mike notices a sign that says "Gifts From Germany."] Mike: Gifts From Germany? What’s that? Braunschweiger, cars with heaters that don’t work, and identification papers? ~ Mystery Science Theater 3000 – Episode 906 “Leave it to the Krauts.” was all my mom had to say when I told her what the subject […]

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Cinematic Haunts: The Facts Behind ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’

Posted on 10/05/09 by Deaditor

Bangungot ~The Facts Behind A Nightmare On Elm Street~ ~Article by Annie Riordan~ “Wes Craven had come across a few articles about some teenagers who were absolutely terrified – terrified! – to go to sleep.” ~Adam Rockoff “In the middle of the night they heard these horrendous screams and crashings and they ran in and […]

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Cinematic Haunts: Hitchhiking Ghosts of the U.S.

Posted on 09/12/09 by Deaditor

Hitchhiking Ghosts of the U.S. Being a military brat, I had a somewhat transient childhood, constantly being uprooted and transplanted whenever my father was reassigned. As a result, I grew up in the Southwest, New England, and Washington DC. By the time I was seven, my family had more or less made the Northern California […]

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Cinematic Haunts: The Mothman

Posted on 07/18/09 by Deaditor

  John Keel recently died.   I can hear the vast majority of you right now, asking “Who?” Okay, fair enough. Unless you spend an inordinate amount of time hanging out in the Speculation section of your nearest bookstore (the section I personally like to refer to as “The End Is Extremely Fucking Nigh” section) […]

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Cinematic Haunts – Waverly Hills

Posted on 06/07/09 by Deaditor

Article By: Annie Riordan   Unless you’re currently taking the prescription drug Humira to treat your moderate to severe rheumatoid, psoriatic arthritis and/or Crohn’s disease, you really don’t have to worry about contracting tuberculosis these days. Tubercle bacillus is no longer the death sentence it once was a mere two hundred years ago, when one […]

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Cinematic Haunts #6 – Behind The Haunting In Connecticut

Posted on 04/14/09 by Deaditor

    The residents of 208 Meriden Avenue in Southington, Connecticut are pissed, and I can’t say I blame them. Recently, the two story, five bedroom white wood-frame house has become a rubbernecker magnet, drawing curious looky-loos and paranormal nerds from miles around. The driveway and avenue beyond have become clogged with cars slowing down […]

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Cinematic Haunts #5: Summerwind Mansion, WI

Posted on 02/25/09 by Deaditor

Cinematic Haunts #5: Summerwind Mansion, West Bay Lake WI Article By: Annie Riordan “It was a house without kindness, never meant to be lived in, not a fit place for people or for love or for hope. Exorcism cannot alter the countenance of a house; Hill House would stay as it was until it was […]

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Cinematic Haunts #4: Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

Posted on 01/19/09 by Deaditor

Cinematic Haunts #4: Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO Article By: Annie Riordan     “Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t.” ~The Shining – 1980     It’s January, which means that I – being a California native – am dealing with sunny skies and temps in the low to mid 60s. […]

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Cinematic Haunts #3 – The Bell Witch

Posted on 01/03/09 by Deaditor

Cinematic Haunts #3: The Bell Witch, Adams TN Article By: Annie Riordan   “I am a Spirit from everywhere, Heaven, Hell, the Earth; am in the air, in houses, any place at any time, have been created millions of years; that is all I will tell you.” ~The Bell Witch, 1817     Okay, this […]

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Cinematic Haunts #2 – Centralia PA, aka Silent Hill

Posted on 01/03/09 by Deaditor

Cinematic Haunts #2: Centralia PA Article By: Annie Riordan   “Fire doesn’t cleanse. It blackens.” ~Silent Hill     “It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume.” When actor Sean Bean spoke those lines in the 2001 film The Fellowship Of The Ring, […]

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Cinematic Haunts #1 – Danvers State Insane Asylum

Posted on 01/03/09 by Deaditor

  Cinematic Haunts – Danvers State Insane Asylum Article by Annie Riordan “We call her the “Kirkbride Building”, named after Dr. Thomas Kirkbride. It’s a pretty simple layout, if you consider a giant flying bat. The main staff building in the middle, the bat body, and slanting off to each side are these crooked bat […]

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