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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Top Five Haunted House Horror Movies




Hi all. My name is Melvin Rivers, the author of “Haven of Evil,” a horror book with a haunted house theme. “Haven of Evil” was inspired by many horror novels of course, but a few movies also inspired yours truly to write “Haven of Evil.” Since Halloween is coming up, I took the liberties to name my top five haunted house movies¬—movies you can enjoy while getting the creeps over a bowl of popcorn during the Halloween season. 


“Haven of Evil” has something that is similar to each movie. (Something I did on purpose, since I’m a huge fan of each movie.) Without further ado here’s the list.

5. The Others (2001). Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) a mother who lives with her two young children in a remote country house in in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The children, have a disease that makes them sensitive to sunlight. After a series of eerie events, Grace begins to fear there are others in the house. This movie had a strange twist at the end. The others weren’t the ones movie goers had suspected. “Haven of Evil” also has a strange twist towards the end.
 Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bMEGtUxajY

4. The Amityville Horror (1979). A movie based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel of the same name. A couple moves to a house with their children and things begin to get strange. This movie is a must see during the Halloween season. It has it all as far as a good haunted house movie is concern, from ghostly experiences to demonic eyes peering through the window. I thought about this movie while writing my book. 
Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yr6VbT8QcU

3.Poltergiest (1982).  Ghosts are very active in this movie. A glass of milk spontaneously breaks, silverware bends and furniture moves on its own accord. The phenomena seem benign at first, but quickly begin to intensify. Later on, a tree in the backyard of the house comes alive and grabs a boy through the bedroom window. And strange things come through the Television set. What would you do if you live in a house like this? I know I would get out fast.
 Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eZgEKjYJqA

2. The Exorcist (1973).  Technically speaking the Exorcist isn’t a haunted house movie. But evil does reside inside a house. Would you live in a house with a demon possessed child living only a few doors down from you? Well, I thought so.
Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8g3h2JaVE4

1.The Shining (1980). This is the king of all haunted house movies, by the horror master himself, Stephen King. Some may say the haunting didn’t happen inside a house, but a hotel. Let me say, a hotel is nothing except a big house with a lot of guest.  “Haven of Evil” was heavily inspired by the Shining. 
Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G7Ju035-8U

Now what is your top five haunted house movies?





Haven of Evil
Melvin Rivers

Genre: Horror

Re-release date 10/01/16

ISBN: 978-1494317461
ASIN: B01384ES70

Number of pages: 265
Word Count: 41,200 words

Cover Artist: Artrocity

Book Description:

Haven of Evil, a book of supernatural terror, contains bone-chilling terror that is unleashed on an unsuspecting couple who moves into their new home after a flood had destroyed the old one.

When Kevin and Sandra Wilson’s home and personal possessions were destroyed by flood waters, the couple relocated to a town called Havenville. Things started out rough when they avoided hitting a mysterious woman on the road. Later Kevin was attacked by hawks in a cemetery where a stranger rescued him. Kevin and the stranger become fast friends, but later the stranger wasn't who he had appeared to be.

After some tragic and terrifying events Sandra goes into a murderous rage not long after Kevin finds out about an evil that dwelled inside their house--an evil that will change their lives forever.

In this tale of horror, some will live and others will not.



 About the Author:

Melvin Rivers was inspired to write horror by imitating the writers of his favorite horror comics many years ago. As he grew older the works of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and of course Stephen King grabbed his attention.

Melvin Rivers was born in the town of Luxora, Arkansas, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. He lives in Cedar Rapids Iowa with his wife, dog and two cats. When he is not writing or surfing the web, he enjoys having a hot bowl of popcorn while watching his favorite horror flick on TV.


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