~ Your a basket case just like the rest of us.
Once upon a time there was a king who lived in the castle. What he wanted more than anything was a house filled with the laughter of children. Now, the only sounds heard around the remake of the classic book all of the copy films imitate, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, the sounds of children, some who died at birth, who haunt the house. No one finds out the real story though until later. And a mystery forever to this day still exists. Strange, an unusual violence for just ghosts. A large chamber door pounds, a vibrato heavy upon a ear, the damp cold a sure presence of a dead being.
Low self-esteem, high narcism, after her mother dies she fears with something between delightfully frightening, and as she envelops herself within the mansion classic, a Palace of Paladium and the condition of a sleep disorder. Insomnia characterized by insanity pushes one woman to a brink of desperation, and amidst all of this while the insomnia she loves eventually uncovers her enemies. And well, as she says pharmaceuticals, wine and barbituates, not necessarily in that order do not help the guests at this haunted house. It seems that the reason for lack of sleep among the dramatic had more to do with an exciting lifestyle.
Although dead, she puts her hands out. To gaze down a staircase, surely a sense of oneness with the darkness, the nether world of nothing, a mystic embrace of more advanced years may never even know. To walk among the graveyard floor at the early hours of dawn as if to raise the dead. Still to embrace this much darkness, the addiction for such never enough, a man who once loved children. The children whom they have all killed along with the plans they made for them ~ Just as many things which should never have been, and many which should and are not.
The film asks the watcher to think about a Greek myth, the key to the mystery of the image of the true cherub children embedded upon the walls and trim of the home. Liam Neeson directed the 1999 film which starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lili Taylor where a man known as Doctor Marrow invites mental patients to stay at a haunted home to examine the effect of fear upon them. A ghost who murders, actually the ghost of a man previously thought innocent, the souls of the burned and murdered dead children cry out for vindication from beyond the grave. Now I lay me down to sleep, and pray the Lord my soul to keep.