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Closet Ghosts

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in


A California suburb isn’t usually the best place to situate a ghost story, but it works crazy effectively in Poltergeist (1982).

A middle class family with bratty kids live in a sprawling community. Out of all the houses practically overlapping each other, theirs is the only one built on top of a relocated graveyard that substitutes as a portal to Hell. Cool – no commuting!


Kick ass ghostly events (i.w., the steak/face thing), culminating in their five year-old daughter being sucked into the ghost dimension, goes on for a while before Steve and Diane Freeling (mom and dad) call in parapsychologists to help them find her. They can communicate with little Carol Anne through the TV, which is kinda like a smart phone for your eyes.


The dead, led by an entity determined to be The Beast, don’t wanna give up Carol Anne as she soothes their pain or something. The Freelings, led by Tangina, a psychic medium, have to go into Hell (via a closet – trust me, it works) and get their daughter back to make the little polter-scamp clean up her room.


Poltergiest is called one of the Top 20 scariest movies of all time. I would not debate that over cold refreshing alcoholic beverages as there are non-stop paranormal events pumping you up to the grand finale, which is so over the top as to be entertaining.


I wish my closet was a portal to Hell. As it is, just my front door is. 

Door-To-Door Alien Ghost

Posted in Aliens, Ghosts, Science Fiction, UFOs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Night Visitor

In the horrifically genric-titled The Night Visitor (2013), a suburban couple (i.e., upscale snobs) hire a New Age spiritualist (i.e., creatively employed hippie) to assist with their troubled marriage (i.e., not enough time to shop for the latest things to outdo their neighbors.)

The lazy “spiritualist” advises them to videotape their lives, 24 hours a day to get a visual on why they can’t seem to get along. What they discover is their son is having conversations with an unseen entity (i.e., cheap special effect).

Didn’t see that one. Apparently, not deemed worthy enough to play at the multi-screen cineplex at the mall where I should for things I don’t need to show up my snobby neighbors.

Now comes the sequel: The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story (2015), which tells us about Heather, a “special” (i.e., more supernatural powers than everyone else) young girl who must protect her family and the planet from the same other-earthly being.”

The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story

So there’s the hook – it appears Ricky, the kid from the first movie, has been talking to aliens, not ghosts, even though the new trailer looks like it was photocopied from Paranormal Activity (2009). (I’m not sure how I feel about that. But hey, the sequel is said to delve deeper into the mysteries that originally plagued the Stevens family and their son with the help of a psychic/medium (i.e., creatively employed hippie with slacks).

Might have to go back and watch the first one and, by extension, the second one, just to find out how much the spiritualist and psychic medium charge for their services. Might be time for a career change as full-timin’ it on my couch watching horror movies ain’t putting gluten on the table.

P.S. There are eight movies titled The Night Visitor, dating back to 1971. Maybe even earlier, but you get my snarky insinuation. There may even be a pile of books with that title as well. I don’t know for sure as I can’t read. Oh, I fake it good; but I’m the type of guy who moves his lips while looking at pictures. It sometimes helps to sound things out.

Adopting Ghosts

Posted in Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Ghosts with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Orphanage

Made by the same Spanish film director with the really hard-to-spell name that did Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Orphanage (2007) revolves around Laura, who as a six year-old, spent her young days growing up in an orphanage (so that’s where they got the movie’s title). She was later adopted, leaving her friends behind to DIE at the hands of a mentally-unwoven staff lady who burned their bodies in a tool shed fireplace.

The Orphanage

Laura (now 37) and her doctor husband buys the orphanage with plans to bring five or six special needs kids to live there under their care. Her own son, the seven year-old Simon (pronounced “Si-mone”), was adopted and is HIV-positive. But Si-mone is playing with his invisible friends and finds out the truth from them that his mom isn’t his real mother and that he doesn’t have much longer to live. Um, oops.

The Orphanage

During a party Simon goes missing, mom freaks out and almost a year goes by with no clues, but she won’t give up looking. She insists there are invisible people living in the sprawling house that might know where her son is. A medium is brought in and in a goose-pimply sequence learns of the fate of Laura’s former childhood friends.

The Orphanage

The husband has had enough of this “ghost-busting” and moves out. Mom stays to invoke the spirits to find out what the darn-tootin’ heck happened to her son. Recalling a game she used to play with her friends, she successfully makes contact with the dead kids and has to follow clues to Simon’s whereabouts.

The Orphanage

The Orphanage doesn’t punch you in the neck with jolts and rot-faced ghosts. But it does make your butt pinch up enough to where you keep needing to “adjust” your under garments. The ending is a double whammy and if you have any heart at all, you’ll weep. But before you wipe your eyes, go wash your hands, because you’ve been rearranging your undies the whole time leading up to what really happened to Simon. Note: This movie is sub-titled, so make sure you know how to read before watching it.