Crooked House (DVD)

Just in time for Halloween, Crooked house tells three stories detailing the spooky goings-ons which occur at ‘Keep Manor’. When a man finds a strange door knocker in his garden, the local curator divulges mysterious tales relating to the old mansion.

Beginning in 1585, a wealthy businessman discovers unearthly echoes within the timber of the house; he is yet to understand that the noises are something more sinister than a pesky mouse. The next story is set in the twenties, where in the same house Felix De Momery announces his engagement to Ruth only it is not just a disgruntled ex-girlfriend that opposes to the union but the spectre of a ghostly bride - terrible ‘special effects’ ensue and the last segment is set in the present sees a surprising outcome for the man who bears the decrepit door knocker.

This three part drama could have done with just having one part and despite its intentions just wasn’t chilling. While it was entertaining enough it felt to me like an extended version of kid’s programmes such as Goosebumps and Are you Afraid of the Dark - something I could not take very seriously but then such is the spirit of Halloween, I guess.

EXTRAS ** Behind the scenes documentary, deleted scenes, out-takes, ‘what scares you?’ feature, photo gallery, trailer and audio commentary.

Justin Bateman is a Screenjabber contributor

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