'The Haunting of #24'
(Robert Blythe, Susan Engel, et al / DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / MTI Home Ent.)
Overview: Sean Hogan's supernatural horror picture The Haunting of #24 dramatizes the otherworldly events that befall John when he moves into the strange residence known as #24. He ignored the admonitions of the seemingly batty old woman next door, who cautioned him not to move in; now, all hell breaks loose as unidentifiable noises erupt outside of the door, psychotic dreams fill his nighttime hours, and in time, bizarre residents turn up sans a resemblance to anything -- or anyone -- human!
DVD Verdict: Basically, 'The Haunting of #24' (aka 'Lie Still' in the UK) tells the tale of AN Englishman named John (Stuart Laing) who moves into a very rundown apartment (aka flat). Suffering from a bad break-up 9aren't we all!) - his girlfriend Veronica (Nina Sosanya) having left him for someone better (don't they always!) - he's now simply trying to get back on his feet and start afresh.
Fat chance in a building as possessed as this one though! You see, #24 may well have an unmarked grave in the backyard .. which isn't good at the best of times! Still, John has nowhere left to go (and no money) so he pays his money and moves in. His primary contact is made only with the always-happy Landlord Martin (Robert Blythe) and an old, probably crazier than a fox neighbor, Susan Engel. Everybody knows better than to open their doors!
But as with all spooky movies, soon something strange starts to happen. After a long day of stalking his ex, he returns to his apartment for some well deserved kip. Trouble is he's soon awoken by a scratching noise followed by a pounding on his door. Nobody there though ... strange, I think you'll agree!
The story moves forward from there in much the same vein as most all horor movies, and for the most part 'The Haunting of #24' manages to get most things right. It is well acted, well filmed, and possesses (sorry for the pun!) so grat edge of your seat scare moments also! Sure it builds slowly, but once it reaches its crus the shocks and scares come at you at a steady pace. Writer/director Sean Hogan definitely knows how to build dread in a film ... and I look forward to his next attempt with baited breath! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.