Top 5 Haunted Houses in the UK

In the new UK horror/thriller, Psychosis, Charisma Carpenter moves to a picturesque British manor house for some peace and tranquillity. Although at first the beautiful countryside is just the remedy she was looking for, before long her dream of serenity unfolds into a living nightmare as she is pushed to the point of madness by all her unshakable visions of the mass murder that took place there many years before. To celebrate the release of Psychosis we are taking a look at the real top 5 most haunted houses in the UK… spooky!

5. Bosworth Hall

First up the countdown is Bosworth Hall located in Leicestershire and dates back to 1680 and home to the brutal story of Sir Wolston Dixie?s daughter Ann.
As the story goes, Ann fell in love with the gardener?s son. They kept their relationship a secret because they knew Ann?s father would disapprove. He certainly did… when Sir Wolston did find out, he set ?man traps? to ensnare the naughty lad in question. Unsurprisingly, things didn?t go according to plan, as Ann was the one who mangling her leg in one of these snares.

Ann dragged herself all the way back to her room where she bled to death. Her blood left a stain that can still be seen ornamenting the ceiling from the floor below. And visitors claim they still see her ghost lurking the halls.

4. 35 Stonegate

For the sheer number of spirits residing at Stonegate, this 700 year old York house makes the list with ease. Any place that actually has a s?ance room incorporated into it?s amenities is going to be a creepy residence. We can assume the previous owners of Stonegate must have had some interesting hobbies. There are said to be six ghouls haunting that one room.

Some visitors claim that whilst visiting they have felt the icy touch of invisible fingers, and others have heard screaming in the attic. Infamous medium, Derek Acorah reported that upon his stay he was dragged across a room even despite his attempts to break free of the poltergeists? grasp. Poltergeist, one – Acorah, zero.

3. The Ancient Ram Inn

5000 year-old, pagan, burial ground you say? Sounds like a great place to build an inn! The Ancient Ram is now not an inn but it is one of the most famous haunted residences in the UK. It can be foung in Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire and was said to be a stopping off place for the Pilgrim fathers on their way to the US. As the name would suggest, the Ancient Ram is the oldest building in the town and it is home to many spirits.

Evidence of devil worship and child sacrifice has been found at The Ram, as well as various murders on the premises. The Inn has sleeping chambers with lovely names such as the Witch?s Room, home to a black ghost cat which is often seen and constantly urinates on the bed. If cat piss isn?t your thing you can always take your chances in the Bishop?s Room which is said to contain the most paranormal activity in the entire house.

Many visitors have also witnessed mysterious steam and white vapour appearing in rooms and stairwells. The present owner?s family are so afraid of the place that he built an extension for them to live in.

2. 50 Berkely Square

Death due to fits of terror? Sightings of a shapeless, slithering, horrible mass? Sounds like a winner. Inexplicable and horrifying events have occurred at the infamous Berkely Square for centuries. Annoyingly, most of the history of this house is shrouded in mystery. Some believe the land Berkely Square is built on was once used as an area to dump the corpses of those who died during the plague. But there is no concrete evidence of what actually happened there.
What IS clear is that many people have gone mad in this house and many others have died. It is said that even now there is a police notice declaring that the premises is unsafe. It apparently states that due to the ?Violent paranormal events that have taken place on the top floor? it is not to be used for anything. And they mean ANYTHING – it?s not even used for storage.

1. Borley Rectory

Many of the best haunted houses involve buried corpses and Borley Rectory doesn?t disappoint. Located in Essex, this rectory was built upon the site of an ancient monastery in 1863. As the story goes a nun and monk tried to elope, but when their love was found out, the monk was executed and the nun bricked up in the basement. It is said that her spirit can be seen gliding across the lawn even in the day time.

A huge amount of poltergeist activity has continued for years and increased upon the arrival of psychic researcher Harry Price. It?s reported that wine would turn into ink and strange music could be heard in the distance regularly. Residents would also witness messages scribbled on walls out of nowhere. Spookily, a spirit summoned in a s?ance correctly predicted the rectory burning down and discovery of the nun?s bones beneath.
Psychosis is available to rent and buy from 19th July courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Free Legal Horror Movies To Watch Online

Free J-Horror Selection Announced for July!

Indie Movies Online is the new way to watch movies online for FREE! The movie-on-demand website www.indiemoviesonline.com offers hundreds of great films to watch in the UK at high quality online, legally and for free. And starting next week (and available ongoing) is a fantastic, new selection of fresh J-Horror titles. There are some killer films here and many of them have only very recently been released. You can be guaranteed a whole load of blood and action. Expect to see more imagination in these movies than in a 100 Hollywood remakes!

The films will be launched one a day, and available to watch for free for the next year.

J-Horror Week One

Ju-On White Ghost (2009) – July 5th

Aka The Grudge: Old Lady in White. A son brutally and methodically murders all five of his family members after failing the bar exam. He then hangs himself, leaving behind a cassette recorder at the scene on which he can be heard saying, “I’ll come… I’ll come soon”, in unison with a young girl’s voice. The child’s voice belongs to his sister, a victim of the family massacre and the elementary school best friend of Akane.

Ju-On Black Ghost (2009) – July 6th

Aka The Grudge: Girl in Black. A Nurse named Yuko has a strange experience while taking care of a girl named Fukie. Test results show a cyst inside Fukie’s body, but that cyst is actually the leftover grudge from a baby who was unable to be born. The cysts grudge spreads to Fukie and everyone around her. Fukie’s sister Mariko has special spiritual power and has some success driving out the evil spirit. But the worst of the grudge is yet to come…..

Tokyo Gore Police (2008) – July 7th

Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the “cutter” demographic, this is the story of samurai-sword-wielding Ruka and her mission to avenge her father’s assassination. Ruka is a cop from a squad who’s mission is to destroy homicidal mutant humans known as “Engineers” possessing the ability to transform any injury to a weapon in and of itself.

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009) – July 8th

Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted into Monami’s vampire world of blood, death and love. Jilted girlfriend Keiko has other ideas. With a sudden twist of fate, she is then transformed into the hideous and unforgiving Frankenstein Girl, and the battle for Mizushima’s heart begins.

X-Cross (2007) – July 9th

Recovering from a failed love affair Shiyori heads to the country, in the company of best friend and bad girl Aiko. Having taken a soak in the hot spring they retire to their respective cabins. They soon discover that the tranquil village is the home of a cult with a fetish for cutting off female legs. They are split up trying to escape. Multiple points of view and time frames keeps the viewer on their toes trying to discern the grisly fate of these girls.

J-Horror Week Two

Starfish Hotel (2006) – July 12th

Salaryman Arisu scurries rodent-like between packed commuter trains, humdrum office paper-pushing, and the Ikea hell that is his apartment, retreating for solace into the mystery novels of Jo Kuroda, set in the menacing and unknowable Darkland. A man with a past, the memories of an affair he had years before start to seep into his everyday life. When the motif of Kuroda’s novels suddenly becomes a reality for Arisu, the walls between fact and fiction, past and present, begin to dissolve, with horrifying consequences.

Samurai Princess (2009) – July 13th

An evil forest overran by outlaws and mechas (robots) who rape and kill any poor soul who enters. But there is someone else in this forest. A mecha who is a spirit of vengeance and a warrior! This mecha can fight and bring justice to the innocents. They call her Samurai Princess!

Goth: Love of Death (2008) July 14th

The film follows two teenagers in a grey Tokyo suburb; Morino is a pale, though pretty, loner that no one takes an interest in and Kamiyama is one of the most popular guys in school. They?re opposites but have one thing in common ? an unhealthy interest in the work of a local serial killer who murders beautiful women, removes their left hand and leaves them elegantly posed to be found by a horrified member of the public.

Battle Royale (2000) – July 15th

In the near future, when the society of Japan is crumbling, 42 students find that their field trip is actually a military-sponsored game known as Battle Royale. The kids’ sadistic teacher, Kitano, sends them to an isolated island and gives them three days to kill each other until only one remains…

Plus a US horror classic!

Day of the Dead (1985) – July 16th

July 16th sees Indie Movies Online present a re-mastered version of George Romero?s classic 80s horror. Zombies rule the USA, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists’ experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the living dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker

Indiemoviesonline.com launched in June 2009, is an international, legal, advertising-supported (AVOD) video-on-demand site, dedicated to offering free independent films, and editorial content to movies lovers both sides of the Atlantic. Indiemoviesonline.com is a member of the UK Industry Trust/Copyright aware.

Fun Stuff For Twilight Fans

Thousands of screaming fans invaded Leicester Square last night, and there could only be one reason: The Twilight Saga is back in town! The third film in the series, Eclipse has already broken the box office record for a midnight opening in the US, and opens in the UK next Friday, with previews this weekend! To celebrate this monumental occasion there are whole host of goodies available for Twilight Fans

? A tool to organize twilight parties/trips to the cinema ? so that you don?t miss any of the vampire vs. werewolf action!

? Countdown widget with Edward and Jacob themed goodies

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New Spider-Man Annouced

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 1, 2010 ??After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012.? The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt.? Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Today?s confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.

The Spider-Man franchise is one of the most successful in film history and the three previous motion pictures have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office.

On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, ?Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor?s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.?

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, ?Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will? depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.?

Producer Avi Arad added, ?I?m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.?

Producer Laura Ziskin said, ?We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc Webb?s direction. ?We were fortunate enough to meet with a group of fantastically talented young men. ?In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen.?

The selection of Garfield was revealed at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment. B-roll footage of the announcement will be available shortly.

Garfield is fast becoming one of the most respected and sought-after young actors working in the industry today. In a short career, spanning only five years, he has already been directed by, and starred alongside, some of the greatest names and received a BAFTA for a role that won him international praise.

Garfield most recently worked with director David Fincher on the upcoming film The Social Network. He previously starred for Spike Jonze on his robot love story I?m Here, which premiered at Sundance this year.? He plays the lead male opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek?s Never Let Me Go, due for release later this year.

Other notable screen credits include Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus playing opposite Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, Robert Redford?s Lions For Lambs, where he starred alongside Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; Revolution Films? ?Red Riding Trilogy ? 1974? directed by Julian Jarrold, where he lead a stellar cast including Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey, and his unforgettable portrayal of a young ex-con in John Crowley?s ?Boy A,? for which he earned the best actor BAFTA in 2008.

Garfield?s career began in theatre and in 2006 his performances in ?Beautiful Thing? (Sound Space/Kit Productions), ?The Overwhelming,? and ?Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship? (Royal National Theatre) won him the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard awards and the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards.? Other notable theatre credits include ?Romeo and Juliet? (Manchester Royal Exchange) and ?Kes? (Manchester Royal Exchange), for which he received the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Manchester Evening News Awards 2004.