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Haunting at the Beacon (2009)

Teri Polo , David Rees Snell , Various  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Teri Polo, David Rees Snell, Michael Ironside, Ken Howard
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Take 2 Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057FGCU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of
their four-year-old son, Bryn (Teri Polo) and Paul Shaw (David
Rees Snell) move to the charming old Beacon Apartments.
Bryn begins to see a ghostly little boy skulking around the
building. With the help of an eccentric young professor and
a tough old beat cop, Bryn tries to uncover the details of the
boy s death. She hopes that freeing the child will allow him to
carry a message to her son, but too late she realizes another
malevolent entity stalks the halls of the Beacon: one that
doesn t want the boy to escape.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So a mother still grieving over the loss of her young son finds a low-rent apartment in a majestic old building - you know nothing good can possibly come of this. Despite this clichéd and greatly overused story foundation, Haunting at the Beacon tries its best to rise to the occasion - and almost succeeds. It certainly exceeded my expectations, delivering a pretty good twist toward the end, although I must report a real sense of disappointment over the ending itself. I should note that this is by no means a scary movie - yes, there are ghosts and they aren't always pretty, but this is more psychological horror than anything else.

The Beacon seems to be just the place for Paul (David Rees Snell) and Bryn Shaw (Teri Polo) to begin a new chapter in their lives together. Bryn finally seemed to be coming back from a very bad place after losing the couple's four-year-old son a few years earlier, and Paul is starting a new job as a professor. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong as soon as the Shaws move in. Bryn begins hearing people arguing in the next room and keeps encountering a boy who, she later learns, died in the building several months earlier. Of course, with her having been under psychiatric care, no one really believes the things Bryn is reporting. Naturally, given her sense of guilt over her own son's loss, she is going to try and help the ghost boy find the release he has so far been denied - apparently by his dead father. She has no idea that the problem is much larger, more complex, and certainly more dangerous than it first appears.

I found Teri Polo's performance quite interesting, largely because she sometimes reminded me of Jodie Foster.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story! September 10, 2011
By JoJo
Great story with excellent characters. I didn't see the end coming. The makeup at the end could have been a little more intense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Haunting at the Beacon February 2, 2013
After the traumatic death of their son, Bryn and Paul move into a new apartment complex in the city to start piecing their lives back together. What they don't know is that the building is home to the spirit of another young boy who was killed there years earlier, as well as his father who will do anything to keep the reason behind his son's death a secret! HAUNTING AT THE BEACON takes slow and deliberate steps in setting itself up as a classic ghost tale in the grand tradition of films like THE INNOCENTS, BURNT OFFERINGS, or THE SENTINEL, but director Michael Stokes destroys everything that he has worked so hard to achieve in the final act, which takes the film way over the top and creates a number of logical inconsistencies that are impossible to ignore. Teri Polo offers an emphatic performance as the troubled lead, who is never quite sure if what she is witnessing is just another sign of her grief or a chance at redemption. The plot, however, is so expectantly bland, predictable, and full of cliches that it becomes average and forgettable. With a bit more subtlety in the end, HAUNTING AT THE BEACON could have at least maintained a sense of dignity without falling into cheap gross-out and scare tactics.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre to the core November 2, 2011
Haunting at the Beacon is a terrible movie. It's supposed to be a horror and... while certain elements are relatively freaky (especially near the beginning) overall it's a humongous letdown instead.

At least the final 20 minutes offers something in the way of suspense, even though (without spoiling anything) the actual presentation is about the cheesiest thing I've ever seen. The way the characters deliver their lines and try their hardest to be believably scary... ugh! Horrible.

It wouldn't be fair for me to spoil what happens so I'll say this instead- the character development you see in the beginning doesn't really prepare the viewer for the segment at the end because, to be fair, it's actually a pretty remarkable twist. It's just that it was so FUNNY to me (instead of suspenseful) which goes against what the movie writers had in mind. Oh well.

The storyline aspect of the woman seeing shadow images of a little boy was never a *really* amazing plot point, which is a major disappointment right there. I expected this little boy to be a constant aspect to the storyline but unfortunately he wasn't. In fact it seemed to fall by the wayside as the film rolled along. Instead, a focus on the one womans sleazy (at least, she came off as sleazy from MY point of view) sister saying comically awful lines to try and impress the next door neighbor was a bigger point of the story. Stinks.

Actually the events of the shadow boy quickly become forgotten just as soon as this one hot blonde, 30-year old woman makes an appearance. She plays a crucial part to the fantastic ending (despite, again, how cheesy it is) but at least she saved what would have surely been a forgettable attempt at suspense. Everyone else was just awful.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
chains, my baby's got me locked up in chains and the are the kind that you can see,i saw this on shoe2 and am sorry, sorry for for every one in the state of Texas for this death warmed over in a microwave oven rancid roadkill
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