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They Thought The House Was Haunted, It Was Someone Living in The Walls

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This is the strange story of Daniel LaPlante. He has become an urban legend of sorts, and for good reason. He terrorized a family for months pretending to be a ghost. The truth was LaPlante was hiding in their wall.

It all started out innocently enough with a date. It was 1986 and Annie Andrews was 16-years-old. She received a call from “Danny” who asked her out. She complied and the two met in person, but Annie was less than impressed. She ended up ghosting him, but he would end up doing the same, but in a different way.

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Annie lived with her sister Jessica and their father Brian. After the girl’s mother passed away from cancer, the women decided to hold a seance. The event didn’t produce any evidence of the afterlife and they let it go. That is until strange knocking began to happen around the house. Also, things would go missing from their rooms and furniture would get re-arranged.

But the scariest thing to happen was the words “I’m in your room come find me” written in what they thought was blood appeared on one of their walls. Panicked and scared to death, the girls ran from the house. Their father came home and investigated, finding that the ominous message was actually written in ketchup.

Thinking his daughters were seeking negative attention, he let the incident go. That is, until another message appeared in Annie’s bedroom: “I’m back find me if you can.” 

Once again the girls fled and Mr. Andrews was called. He was about to discover who or what was terrorizing his household. As he made his way into the bedroom he saw a young man dressed as his deceased wife holding a hatchet. It was Daniel LaPlante.

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A fight ensued and Daniel fled almost into thin air. But once the police arrived and investigated they found that Daniel had not left the house at all. They discovered a built-in cabinet held a secret crawlspace and Daniel hiding inside.

The young man had been living there for weeks. He was arrested and taken to juvenile hall. This was 1987.

Obviously, LaPlante was mentally disturbed. He said he had a traumatic childhood that led him down a path of thievery and other more serious crimes. Those crimes would eventually turn deadly over time.

In 1987, after LaPlante was released from the detention facility he was arrested once again. This time for murder.

On December 1, 1987, Andrew Gustafson found his wife Priscilla dead. She had been sexually assaulted and shot two times. Their young children were found drowned in the house’s bathrooms. Police suspected LaPlante.

A year later LaPlante was convicted of three life sentences for the murders.

In 2019, LaPlante was denied parole. This may have been a result of a judge determining that the killer showed little remorse for his crimes.

Many police reports corroborate the story of Danny LaPlante although some details may be muddled. For instance, some reports say he also lived in the walls of a family in Pepperell, MA.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Rumored to Appear as a Ghost in ‘Beetlejuice 2’

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During The Hot Mic Podcast, the crew spoke about Jenna Ortega in talks to play Lydia’s daughter. Well, it turns out that the guys on Hot Mic also heard that an aging action star is set to play a ghost in the sequel as well. Over on Arrow in the Head, the direction of the aging action star immediately took the shape of Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, there are options out there that may point to other action stars like Sylvester Stallone. To be honest we would be totally fine with either of these guys coming to the world of Beetlejuice and playing a ghost.

The synopsis for Beetlejuice went like this:

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

We can’t wait to find out if this bit of info is true. So far, we know that Jenna Ortega has been in talks to play Lydia’s daughter in the Tim Burton directd sequel. It will also see a return of Michael Keaton.

We will be sure to keep you updated on future Beetlejuice sequel updates.

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‘The Lighthouse’ Comes to Special 4K UHD A24 Collectors Release

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If it is one thing we know it is that we love Robert Eggers. Between The VVitch and The Lighthouse we were made into huge fans. Next up, Eggers will take on Nosferatu. In the meantime, A24 has released a very special edition release of The Lighthouse on 4K UHD.

The synopsis for The Lighthouse goes like this:

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Disc extras include:
○ Director’s Commentary with Robert Eggers
○ Exclusive mini-documentary on composer Mark Korven
○ Costume walkthrough and interview with costume designer Linda Muir
○ 2019 making-of featurette
○ Deleted scenes Book contents include:
○ Storyboard excerpts by David Cullen
○ Production design drawings by Craig Lathrop
○ BTS photography by Eric Chakeen
○ Bib-front shirt pattern made by Marvin Schlichting to Linda Muir’s design

We can’t wait to add this one to our collection. You can pick up your very own copy right over HERE at A24.

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‘Scream VII’ Greenlit, But Should the Franchise Take a Decade-Long Rest Instead?

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Bam! Bam! Bam! No that’s not a shotgun inside the bodega in Scream VI, it’s the sound of producer’s fists rapidly hitting the green light button to further franchise favorites (i.e. Scream VII).

With Scream VI barely out of the gate, and a sequel reportedly filming this year, it seems horror fans are the ultimate target audience to get ticket sales back at the box office and away from “press play” streaming culture. But maybe it’s too much too soon.

If we haven’t learned our lesson already, banging out cheap horror movies in quick succession isn’t exactly a fool-proof strategy to get butts in theater seats. Let’s pause in a moment of silence to remember the recent Halloween reboot/retcon. Although the news of David Gordon Green blowing off the gossamer and resurrecting the franchise in three installments was great news in 2018, his final chapter did nothing but put the tarnish back on the horror classic.

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Possibly drunk on the moderate success of his first two films, Green advanced to a third one very quickly but failed to provide fan service. Criticisms of Halloween Ends mainly hinged on the lack of screen time given to both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode and instead on a new character that didn’t have anything to do with the first two films.

“Honestly, we never once considered making a Laurie and Michael movie,” the director told Moviemaker. “The concept that it should be a final showdown-type brawl never even crossed our minds.”

How’s that again?

Although this critic enjoyed the last film, many found it off-course and perhaps a stand-alone that should have never been connected to the redeveloped canon. Remember Halloween came out in 2018 with Kills releasing in 2021 (thanks to COVID) and finally Ends in 2022. As we know, the Blumhouse engine is fueled by brevity from script to screen, and although it can’t be proven, hammering out the last two films so quickly might have been integral to its critical undoing.

Which brings us to the Scream franchise. Will Scream VII get underbaked purely because Paramount wants to reduce its cooking time? Also, too much of a good thing can make you sick. Remember, everything in moderation. The first movie was released in 1996 with the next almost exactly a year later, then the third three years after that. The latter is considered the weaker of the franchise, but still solid.

Then we enter the decade release timeline. Scream 4 released in 2011, Scream (2022) 10 years after that. Some may say, “well hey, the difference in release times between the first two Scream movies was exactly that of the reboot.” And that is correct, but consider that Scream (’96) was a film that changed horror movies forever. It was an original recipe and ripe for back-to-back chapters, but we are now five sequels deep. Thankfully Wes Craven kept things sharp and entertaining even through all the parodies.

Conversely, that same recipe also survived because it took a decade-long hiatus, giving new trends time to develop before Craven attacked the newer tropes in another installment. Remember in Scream 3, they still used fax machines and flip phones. Fan theory, social media and online celebrity were developing fetuses at that time. Those trends would be incorporated into Craven’s fourth movie.

Fast-forward another eleven years and we get Radio Silence’s reboot (?) which made fun of the new terms “requel” and “legacy characters.” Scream was back and fresher than ever. Which leads us to Scream VI and a change of venue. No spoilers here, but this episode seemed oddly reminiscent of re-hashed past storylines, which may have been a satire in and of itself.

Now, it’s been announced that Scream VII is a go, but it leaves us to wonder how such a short hiatus is going to fare with nothing in the horror zeitgeist to channel. In all of this race to get the big bucks, some are saying Scream VII could only top its predecessor by bringing back Stu? Really? That, in my opinion, would be a cheap effort. Some also say, that sequels often bring in a supernatural element, but that would be out of place for Scream.

Could this franchise do with a 5-7 year hiatus before it ruins itself on principle? That break would allow time and new tropes to develop — the franchise’s life’s blood — and mostly the power behind its success. Or is Scream heading into the “thriller” category, where the characters are just going to face another killer(s) in a mask without the irony?

Perhaps that is what the new generation of horror fans want. It could work of course, but the spirit of the canon would be lost. True fans of the series will spot a bad apple if Radio Silence does anything uninspired with Scream VII. That’s a lot of pressure. Green took a chance in Halloween Ends and that didn’t pay off.

All that being said, Scream, if anything, is a masterclass at building hype. But hopefully, these movies don’t turn into the campy iterations they make fun of in Stab. There is still some life left in these films even if Ghostface doesn’t have time to catnap. But as they say, New York never sleeps.

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