Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ghost House (2017)
Released August 25th 2017
1 hr 29 mins
Horror, Thriller
Not Rated

Director: Rich Ragsdale
Writers: Kevin O'Sullivan, Jason Chase Tyrrell

Scout Taylor-Compton as Julie
James Landry H├ębert as Jim
Mark Boone Junior as Reno
Russell Geoffrey Banks as Robert
Rich Lee Gray as Billy
Elana Krausz as Gwen
Kevin Ragsdale as Cal
Wen-Chu Yang as Watabe
Michael S. New as Gogo
Katrina Grey as Robert's Girlfriend


Review by Stephen M.; Edited by Cynthia M.

Ghost House starring Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween (2007)) and James Landry Hebert (Stranger Things 2, Westworld) as a couple on vacation in Thailand.  In Thailand, Scout's character Julie becomes fascinated with taking photography of ghost houses, miniature houses which are thought to house the spirits of the dead so that they do not come bother the living.  But of course this wouldn't be a horror film if something didn't go wrong with the lovely couple, when one particular angry spirit attaches itself to Julie..

As a horror film, the film was a decent watch but by no stretch phenomenal.  Both leads fail to carry a screen presence required for their face time with the audience.  The scares were good with great costumes and make up for the watabe (angry spirit) that rivals Japanese horror film Jun-on (The Grudge).  What Ghost House does best however is promoting tourism in Thailand by showing us some of the local culture in both the good and naughty.  Beautiful scenery in both the city and countryside to local temples, the creative team could not have picked better locations.

Ghost House failed to make ripples in the box office due to mediocre acting and wandering sub plots.  Despite its limited budget it does a good job in providing some good scares.  Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) as Reno, a drifter that offers the couple advice is a waste of a known talent.  Overall, if you're a fan of movies like The Grudge and Insidious watch it on Netflix if you have it.  But it doesn't warrant a purchase on its own.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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