Short Film Review: The Ghost of Weatherton Hall (2021)

February 6, 2021

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Under perpetually dark, and oft times stormy skies, sits Weatherton Hall; the former Gothic abode of a clan of aristocratic misanthropes and know the dread dwelling of  paranormal perils that gather in the dark shadows of the walls of the manse.
We soon learn of the source of the festering malignancy; one of the lords of the arcane abode (himself a rather vampiric fellow) decides his sister must be put to an end for her cruelty and does the act one winters night via the cruel blade of an axe!
Utilizing an impressive array of authentic props, elaborate miniatures, silent film techniques, and puppetry (which will bring to mind the ghostly glory of the old ViewMaster Dracula reels… ans that is a wickedly wonderful thing indeed my cats n’ creeps!); writer/director Mark Dickinson has truly created a bite-sized monsterpiece that is a feast for the eerie eyeballs through and through!
As our marionette cast (created by the artisans at Czech Marionettes) are put through their putrid paces, I was completely captivated; and that brings me to the only negative I have with this sinister short… it only runs seven minutes, and my ghoulishly greedy ass craved more, more, more!
I also have to mention the amazing narration courtesy of William Westwater that adds immeasurably to the ambiance and sounds as if it is issuing from a turn of the century phonograph!
The Ghost of Weatherton Hall is Gothic storytelling and aesthetics done to a turn and it is absolutely irresistible if you dig on Poe or Hammer flicks!
Be sure and head here to view the film’s live streaming event February 12th!

*Full disclosure, I have worked on a project with Dickinson in the past, but that didn’t influence this review ya beastly bastards!

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