Casino movies have always been a place for entertainment. In the past, gambling represented a social status symbol of a kind. There were several reasons explaining the phenomenon. Firstly, huge amounts of money were at stake. Sometimes even households and estates could become an object of gambling. People who had nothing else to lose sometimes gambled on their unmarried daughters. For that reason, people who could afford to attend some gambling games parties usually belonged to aristocratic, upper-class society. Therefore, to the middle and lower class, the upper-class parties were always unreachable and sometimes even seemed mysterious.
Due to the mystery that often revolved around the aristocratic society, their houses, parties and activities, the mystery was extended to their games. The mystery has remained ever since and the casinos have always been regarded as special.
Nowadays, casinos are believed to be unreachable. The middle class is amazed and afraid at the same time by the people who attend casinos every day in their elegant dresses and tuxedos. In the places like Monaco, Cannes, Nice and others, the glamour is felt in the air. Glamour, expensive life, and mystery is what attracts millions across the world. Of course, one could play slot machine games online and have a sort-of-a-casino feeling, but it’s something quite else going to a real-life one. This along with many other reasons makes casinos popular movie topics.
Movie topics that include casinos and that seem to be very popular are gambling movies, action movies, detective movies, and paranormal movies.
In the following paragraph, we will describe the most popular paranormal movie, The Dead Man’s Hand from 2007 widely known as The Haunted Casino.
THE DEAD MAN’S HAND
The Dead Man’s Hand or The Haunted Casino is a movie from 2007 directed by Charles Band.
Charles Band is an American movie producer and director. He is famous for his work on horror comedy movies. His most famous movies belong to Puppet Master franchise which is made by Full Moon Features. In addition, he is famous for Subspecies series, also made by Full Moon Features. In 2007 he directed The Dead Man’s Hand.
The movie, the Dead Man’s Hand, stars Sig Haig and Michael Berryman. The two pair up in this haunted house creepy tale playing ghosts of Vegas criminal and his henchman. The two terrorize a group of friend who are staying at a gambling house.
The story starts with Matthew Dragna who inherits an old casino from his late uncle, Matthew. He, JJ (his girlfriend) and a few other friends go to the casino to see the place and have some fun. However, the casino is haunted by two angry ghosts: a vicious Vegas mobster called Roy Donahue, and Gil Wachetta, his lethal partner. The story revolves around their stay in the casino through the night, and the question that is raised is whether they will survive the night at all.
The Dead Man’s Hand uses the casino as the centre of the story while it examines the motif of a haunted house and mystery that revolves around gambling and casinos.
The IMDB audience scored the movie with a 4.2. Nevertheless, we recommend the movie to casino and horror lovers.