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What I Did on My Vacation. Part 2: Haunted

by Paul Saulnier
October 31, 2017

Less than 500 yards from where I was staying stood this extremely haunted house.

Its bloody past I would soon discover.

The house had been abandoned when I was there this past summer yet there was no "For Sale" sign at the street and no "Keep Out" or "No Trespassing" advisories. Curious until I learned of the several unsolved cases of people disappearing after staying here or working here for the widow and her sons.

Then I heard that a movie called Havelock was made a few years ago by a local film company. Produced, directed and starring David Saulnier, no less. And accompanying the release of the movie was a blood red wine labeled Silas Red. I wanted a copy of the movie and some of that wine.

My cousin Sandra made some phone calls for me while I was off searching for other abandoned houses (something I always enjoy doing in the remote countryside. I explored 3 others of much less notoriety).

Sandra contacted Archad, a cousin of ours, who remembered the movie and knew about the wine. He called the local liquor store but they had been out of that wine for a year or more. A little more research revealed the name of the distributor located in Annapolis Valley. I called the company and learned that this day they received a case of the wine from a vendor returning it for credit. He said it would be offered for sale at a local flea market next month but agreed to set aside 6 bottles for me.

Now I needed to get a copy of the movie and speak to the producer. I did finally get the CD and 6 bottles of the wine. Three went to cousins Sandra, Archad and John, who brought them back from Havelock a few months later. David Saulnier has not responded to my inquiries but with Halloween upon us this story had to go now.

The movie tells of a seemingly gentle mother of two sons; one, a large brooding man named Silas, the other kept in a room out of sight. None of this is known to the five college students who are sent to Havelock to paint the house for their summer credit hours. Living there and eating there is part of the deal. The kids are not aware that the meat they are served may be the plumber who recently disappeared.

The kids are together all the time except at night when retiring to separate bedrooms. Then one gets up in the middle of the night and doesn't show up for breakfast the next morning, The others are murdered one at a time and then buried in the back 40. The last girl is tortured in the basement as the son explains his rationale for killing.

Then the surprise twist to the plot is revealed when there is a knock at the door.

The acting is amateur and the movie is definitely a B level endeavor but for a low budget movie done in the thinly populated region of Nova Scotia, it's not that bad.

The trailer, followed by the movie, is available on Utube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJmZ2ylQJTg

As for the wine, I'm saving it for a special occasion. Just not sure what that would be.

 

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As usual Paul, you educate us with your historic ventures, great photography and humor. Thank you, your articles are always interesting.

- George Snow | 11/1/17 10:06 AM

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