The second favourite horror cliché after the masked slasher, must surely be the haunting. A soul reluctant to let go, a bound demon, or some other spectral force that clings to some physical entity to wreak havoc and stack chairs. It’s been done so much it’s comedic, it’s positively childish, the stuff of Scooby-Doo and slightly above average animated films.
But there’s something about a decent haunting that can deeply creep us out, and if it’s something original, something with a twist, can a haunted tale leave us unable to perceive something in the same way ever again? (more…)