Ghost House Pictures

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Treg Smithee

Editions by
DoomBox

Video captures courtesy of
KiNoLoGoIntroRelease, Rob Brasil, and ane Pictures

Background

Ghost House Pictures was established in 2002 by Sam Raimi (who is the founder of Raimi Productions) and Robert Tapert to produce high-concept horror films. Most of its theatrical films are produced and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

1st Logo (October 22, 2004-)


Logo: In dim light, an old door slams shut by itself. The view then moves to the door's keyhole, through which an evil-looking smiling skull suddenly moves into view from the left. The view pulls back to show the skull vignetted in the keyhole. As the view pulls back, the company name surrounds the keyhole in a "ghostly" manner in white.

Technique: Stop-motion animation created by Prologue.

Music/Sounds: We first hear a sound that sounds like someone screaming in the distance (possibly a victim in the haunted house) and then a loud bang when the door slams, causing the screaming to stop, then typical spooky horror movie music with ghostly singing in a high pitched tone. A whoosh is heard when the skull slides from the left.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On The Possession, while the skull slides from the left, it makes a louder and scarier whoosh sound than the normal version, sounding like a short roar.
  • Sometimes, it's the opening theme of the movie, and/or we only hear the door slam and the ghostly singing, or only the door slamming, or no sounds at all.

Availability: Common. It debuted on The Grudge and can be seen on films from the company since. This logo, however, did not appear in the films released by Ghost House Underground.

2nd Logo (March 15, 2009-May 22, 2015)

Logo: On a black background, the skull from the previous logo emerges from the darkness and zooms in, this time shown in full view. The company name appears below like in the previous logo, but now they have some stains dripping down on the words "GHOST HOUSE". The skull seems to vibrate while the logo goes.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo, but the whoosh sound is omitted. Sometimes, it's the opening theme of the movie.

Availability: Only seen on Drag Me to Hell and the 2015 remake of Poltergeist.

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