Have you slept at the Dundas B&B with a murderous past?

New bed-and-breakfast owners Travis Singleton and his wife reveal their quaint property’s somewhat darker cinematic past to their guests. The Dundas B&B is featured in The Calling, a new horror film starring Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland and Topher Grace.

The Dundas B&B is featured in The Calling, a new horror film starring Susan Sarandon

A screenshot from the trailer from the upcoming film "The Calling" shows the front of a local bed-and-breakfast called Dundas Glen. (Courtesy of 'The Calling' IMDB page)

A Dundas house dating back to the 1850s has a silver-screen appeal.

That wasn’t in the properties elsewhere in Ontario and Nova Scotia where Travis Singleton considered opening his B&B.

Singleton and his wife bought the house, moving from Oshawa to Dundas earlier this year, so he could quit a job with CN Rail that required him to travel a lot and restricted the time he could spend with his young daughter.

Now comes the test: revealing the quaint B&B’s somewhat darker cinematic past to their guests.

The house played host to shoots for “The Calling,” a movie coming out next week starring Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland. It’s based on the novel by Toronto author Inger Ash Wolfe, the pen name of Michael Redhill.

The film’s description, according to the Internet Movie Database

Detective Hazel Micallef hasn't had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.

'It's not like an actual murder happened here'

Singleton dropped CBC Hamilton a line after a story last week featured Housecreep, a site meant to detail murders, methadone labs and other sordid stories from properties’ pasts. 

He’s still playing with the timing of his revelation to guests.

“I bring it up usually the next morning over breakfast,” he said, asking guests, ‘Would that deter you if you knew in advance?’”

So far, the answer’s been no, he said.

As for himself and his family, "We think it’s kinda cool,” he said. “It’s not like an actual murder happened here.”

Singleton said he’s not sure whether a local theatre will carry the film when it’s released on August 29.

“If I can find a theatre I’ll go see it just so I can see our house on the big screen,” he said.

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