Even though it’s still technically summer, in my heart it’s fall. Halloween décor is out in some stores and I’m counting the days until I can get my pumpkin spice coffee/cereal/desserts/lip balm/perfume/toothpaste/deodorant…etc. This scorching weather isn’t doing anything for me and it’s cooking me alive in my all black everything. So, for these reasons taking Haunted Traveler from hot Brazil to soggy haunted London.
The history, the dreary weather, the cemeteries and castles, the spotted dick; it’s no surprise that haunted London is high on the travel list and boy do they have a lot to offer. I can’t include all the locations in even London alone so I’m picking my favorites and thanks to We Go Places, I can include the cost of getting into some of them.
Grab your tea, get cozy, and let’s dig in.
The Tower of London
One of haunted London’s most famous locations both historically and by tourists, this was once a royal palace built in 1066. It was a place of imprisonment and execution, the most famous of which was the beheading of Anne Boleyn, queen and wife to Henry VIII.
Her headless ghost is seen wandering the halls, holding her severed head beneath her arm. Other members of royalty imprisoned and murdered in the castle are seen walking the halls and grounds. The tower can be toured for £22 for adults and £11 for kids ages 5-15.
Whitechapel/ Ten Bells Pub
This is not a building so much as a district in haunted London. If it sounds familiar, this is the stomping ground of Jack the Ripper, a notorious and never-caught serial killer in 1888. There are after dark walking tours of London’s East End where you can learn the bloody history of the area and spook yourself a bit. Tours are £10 per person.
While you’re in East End, stop by Ten Bells where two of the Rippers victims, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly, have connections. Annie had a drink there right before she was murdered. It’s said she still visits the pub and Mary Jane used to peddle sex outside and her body was found up the street. Patrons also feel gusts of wind, hear ghostly laughing and experience other poltergeist activity.
50 Berkley Square
This house built by William Kent in the 1700’s was named the “Most Haunted House in London” in the 1900’s by Peter Underwood’s book Haunted London. A woman is claimed to have committed suicide in the home and shows herself to guests as a brown mist and a sailor staying there died as a result of tripping as he ran from the house. Others have been committed to an asylum shortly after being there. The house is now home to a Maggs Bros. bookseller headquarters.
The Enfield Poltergeist/ 284 Green St
This location was recently made famous again by The Conjuring 2. While I have my own opinions about that (The Warrens weren’t really involved. The investigation was done by Maurice Gross and Guy Lyon Playfair, who did NOT like the Warrens in the least. They showed up the last 3 days of a 180 day investigation and “took over” claiming they knew it was a demon even though the investigators thought otherwise.), the location is still creepy to say the least.
While speculation continues on what really happened here, the haunting of a young girl and poltergeist activity seen by police officers leave a compelling story.
The Spaniards Inn/ Hampstead Heath
Built in 1585, this lovely pub rests on the edge of Hampstead Heath, a park that was mentioned all the way back to the year 986. A visiting spot for the likes of Dick Turpin, Keats, Byron and Bram stoker, many a literary masterpiece has been written from this place. Keats wrote “Ode to a Nightingale” in the garden and allegedly Stoker based Dracula on a ghost story about the pub.
Patrons report being tugged at and seeing the possible ghost of Dick Turpin (the Highwayman) and the ghost of one of the owners that died in a duel. If you’re near Hampstead Heath, stop in for a pint. Hampstead Heath itself is home to its own ghost sightings and long history. People hear ghostly footsteps and see a sad, young girl as well as other ghostly activity.
Don’t go away, there’s more haunted London on the next page!
‘Courtney Gets Possessed’ Looks Like The Satanic BFF Comedy of 2023
So your ex is the Devil himself and you’ve moved on to someone new. In fact, you are about to marry that person. But Satan is the jealous type and isn’t giving his blessing to this new arrangement. What to do? That is the premise of the new horror comedy Courtney Gets Possessed.
Just by watching the trailer, we get a sense this is a comedy about girl power and we love that. Last year My Best Friend’s Exorcism focused on one friend trying to eject a demon from her girlfriend’s soul, but in this movie, it looks like a whole wedding party gets involved.
With her nuptials on the line and the Prince of Darkness lurking close by, Courtney does her best to protect her childhood home on the eve of the wedding. But when her ne’er-do-well sister accidentally invites Satan inside (known more casually as Dave), he possesses Courtney – throwing a demonic wrench into her happily-ever-after plans. Courtney’s ragtag team of reluctant heroes including her sister, perfectionist best friend, and skeptical future sister-in-law must find a way to exorcise Dave, reclaim Courtney’s soul, and get her down the aisle with as little bloodshed as possible.
“In Sickness and in Hell” takes on a whole new meaning in this diabolically fun and thrilling romp. Audiences will be left pondering the line between love and possession and what it means to give ourselves to others. Will Courtney’s wedding bells ring or will they be drowned out by the screams of the damned?
Courtney Gets Possessed is written and directed by Jono Mitchell and Madison Hatfield. Produced by Hatfield and Jordan Blair Brown. Executive Produced by Stephen Beehler, Jegor Jersov, and Jono Mitchell. Cinematography by Brett A. Frager. Composed by Jordan Bennett. A Peach Jam Pictures production.
Courtney Gets Possessed will be available on digital and on Demand, Friday, November 3.
Vomit Bags Handed Out in Theaters as ‘Saw X’ is Called Worse Than ‘Terrifier 2’
Remember all the puking folks were doing when Terrifier 2 was released in theaters? It was an incredible amount of social media showing folks tossing their cookies in theaters at the time. For good reason too. If you have seen the film and know what Art the Clown does to a girl in a yellow room, you know that Terrifier 2 wasn’t messing around. But it appears that Saw X is being seen a challenger.
One of the scenes that is apparently bothering folks this time is the one in which a guy has to perform brain surgery on himself in order to hack out a chunk of grey matter that weighs enough for the challenge. The scene is pretty brutal.
The synopsis for Saw X goes like this:
Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.
For me personally, I still think that Terrifier 2 owns this crown though. It is gnarly throughout and Art is brutal and doesn’t have a code or anything. He just loves killin’. While Jigsaw deals in revenge or in ethics. Also, we see the vomit bags, but I haven’t seen anyone using em just yet. So, I’ll remain skeptical.
All in all, I gotta say I like both films since both are sticking with practical effects instead of going the cheapy computer graphics way.
Have you seen Saw X yet? Do you think that it rivals Terrifier 2? Let us know in the comments section.
Billy Gives a Tour of His Home in ‘SAW X’ MTV Parody
While SAW X dominates in theaters, we here at iHorror are enjoying the promos. One of the best SAW promos that we have seen is hands down the one that features Billy giving us a tour of his home in a MTV parody approach.
The latest SAW film brings back Jigsaw by taking us back into the past and an all-out revenge plan on his Cancer doctors. A group that counts on making money off of sick people messes with the wrong guy and undergoes a whole lot of torture.
“Hoping for a miraculous cure, John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure, only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer uses deranged and ingenious traps to turn the tables on the con artists.“
SAW X is now playing in theaters. Have you already seen it? Let us know what you thought.