Ghost Story 

Here Is the Obligatory Halloween Horror Movie You Requested!


I'm not one to let horror films get under my skin—but this simple, highly effective ghost story left me hiding behind my hands more times than I care to admit. There might've even been a little whimpering. Maybe.

Along the same plotlines as 2007's lackluster Disturbia (which itself was along the same plotlines as Hitchcock's Rear Window), 100 Feet is the story of a woman under house arrest who's unable to venture beyond a 100-foot radius around her house. Serving time for the self-defense murder of her police officer husband, Marnie (Famke Janssen) must live a year in the confines of her NYC brownstone. However, her dead hubby is still a bit PO'ed about everything, and is determined to get his ghoulish revenge. In a few truly terrifying scenes he manages to make even the rats of the house want to vacate ASAP.

Director/writer Eric Red (who wrote 1986's The Hitcher) plays the film straight with some nods to gothic haunted-house fare (Famke, in an elaborate white nightie, climbs dusty stairs with only a candelabra for light), and the name "Marnie" has got to be a shoutout to Hitchcock. Overall, 100 Feet is a straight shooter—proving once again that the simplest way can be the best way to scare the bejesus out of an audience. Director Eric Red and actor Michael Paré in attendance.

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