Uncanny Accounts: Escaping a Curse in What Remains of Edith Finch

Halloween may be over, but let’s face it, times are still pretty damn scary, so here’s another of my Uncanny Accounts from Virtual Bastion. This one peels back the curtain on the supposed curse of the Finch family in What Remains of Edith Finch.


Venerating deceased loved ones is a tradition that dates practically to humanity’s beginnings. From creating simple family shrines to erecting monumental monuments, the act of marking the passing of those we once held dear is an important part of the grieving process. So once it became clear in What Remains of Edith Finch that its storytelling was going to focus on family members now gone, I expected to see at least one or two shrines in the old Finch family house. Once I got in the house, viewed through young Edith Finch’s eyes, plenty of family memories abounded, but the “shrines” I encountered were something wholly new – they took the shape of untouched bedrooms that had been locked, sealed, and forever shut away from the world, marked only with peepholes and family member’s names and dates. I’ve seen my share of personal family alters and bedrooms left as-is after…

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