|Haunting at the Beacon (2011)|
|Starring:||Teri Polo, David Rees Snell and Elaine Hendrix|
|The Plot: Bryn (Teri Polo) and Paul Shaw (David Rees Snell) are a married couple looking to dramatically change their surroundings. The couple are still coping with the recent death of their child and decide to move into the illustrious Beacon apartment building. As Paul begins to settle down into his new job as an astronomy professor, Bryn finds herself having to contend with a lot of free time. As she wanders around this old building she starts to discover some very strange happenings. She continually hears the sound of a woman being beaten next door, and worst of all she keeps seeing a little boy wandering the hall and then disappearing. Her husband feels that she is on the verge of having another nervous breakdown, but Bryn suspects that something supernatural is happening… and she isn’t wrong.|
The cast that fills out these roles are quite talented. Although it may not be an A-list picture, there are some decent size names involved in this one. Teri Polo is an actress who has been tied to some big Hollywood productions in the past, but it’s a shame that she has had few times to express her talents in truly challenging roles that were on as large of a scale as something like Meet the Parents. Haunting at the Beacon isn’t exactly Oscar award winning material, but Polo does put in a truly emotional performance that proves to be leaps and bounds ahead of this production. The actress manages at least one truly gut-wrenching emotional breakdown in the picture that perfectly explains the inner turmoil of her character. Is this really necessary for a ghost movie? Probably not, but kudos to the actress for stepping up to the plate and leaving such a revealing performance, even if it is in a product that is probably undeserving of it. The fan-favorite Michael Ironside also shows up in a very small, and thankless, role as a beat-cop who wanders in and out of the story. Despite the lack of Ironside, his small appearances are enough to give a certain amount of credibility to the project.